Nobody Suspected the School Principal was Living a Double Life

double-life-fbBLOG POST #86: This week I’m sharing my research on a 33-year-old elementary school principal who had a side business of selling drugs.

The month-and-a-half long investigation began with an anonymous tip about the former school principal’s brother. A search of the brother’s home found heroin and methamphetamine. From that drug bust, law enforcement learned of the former school principal’s involvement.

Law enforcement conducted a search at the home he shared with his wife and young son. They seized enough heroin to make more than 800 capsules. Methadone was also found. Nothing indicated he sold drugs to school students or staff.

He pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and received a 10-year prison sentence beginning with a 120-day treatment program. With time served in jail, the county prosecutor estimated he would serve 8-to-9 months. He will have a permanent conviction on his record which should prevent him from working with children.

Worth mentioning: The month before the bust, the school principal submitted his resignation. It was unclear if he knew of the pending bust or if he had secured a position in a different school district.

Two months before the bust, the school principal threw his hat in the ring for a vacant city official position in the upcoming election. He said he wanted to see someone in the post that would ensure needs are heard and met. On his candidate platform he stated his responsibilities at the elementary school would have remained a priority, but his goals as an elected official would have included connecting with the community and representing his constituents to the fullest of his ability.

What are your thoughts on this case? Do you think the sentenced was just? Do you know of a school crime that you feel others should know about? Send me an email and we can discuss the details.

Thanks for reading!

-Robin

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