Crime & Courts

Wichita teacher on leave after drug arrest

A Wichita teacher has been placed on administrative leave with pay after a drug-related arrest at the Sedgwick County Juvenile Detention Facility.

Law enforcement officers booked the teacher into the Sedgwick County Jail on Thursday on suspicion of traffic of contraband in a correctional facility by an employee, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Mark Masterson, director of corrections for the county, said the teacher was arrested in the school area of the detention facility, not in the residential area. No residents of the center were involved in or witnessed the incident, he said.

A Sheriff's Office report said a clear baggie containing a "green botanical substance" was seized as well as a pipe with residue and narcotic pills in a yellow container. A booking report referred to Dilaudid, a pain medication.

District spokeswoman Susan Arensman said the teacher has been an employee for about 20 years but had just started teaching this fall at the detention facility at 700 S. Hydraulic. He is 57 years old, according to jail records.

Arensman declined to talk about specifics of the teacher's arrest.

Georgia Cole, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office, said she expected the case to be presented to prosecutors Monday or Tuesday to determine what, if any, charges would be filed.

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