Police: Charlestown teacher had pot, cash in classroom desk and home

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by Bryan Baker

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 4, 2013 at 12:53 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 4 at 12:08 PM

CHARLESTOWN, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Authorities charged Charlestown Middle School teacher Kevin Hennegan formally on Thursday with one felony and two misdemeanor drug charges stemming from an incident on Dec. 21, the last day before Christmas break at Greater Clark County Schools, when Hennegan was allegedly found with marijuana at the school.

Prosecutors say school surveillance video shows Hennegan dropping a pill bottle with marijuana and that subsequent searches revealed pot in a pipe behind the desk in his classroom, a camera bag with drug paraphernalia, and $13,000 cash in the desk drawer. An additional search of his home allegedly led to 28 grams of marijuana, just under the threshold to charge him with felony drug possession.

Hennegan has worked in Greater Clark County Schools for nearly 20 years and has been on administrative leave since the arrest. According to newly released court documents, he told authorities he smokes pot two to three times a week to help with pain from a recent surgery. The cash, according to Hennegan's reasoning in the documents, was for a friend's financial troubles.

Hennegan faces up to five years in prison. He'll be in court Monday for the first time where he'll be formally read his charges.

Hennegan had no comment and the spokesperson for Greater Clark Schools would not return calls to her cell phone.



 

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