Teacher Charged With Selling Drugs To Students
CLEWISTON, FL. -- Hendry County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer, Chad Pelham, placed 35 year old Maria Otilla Rivera-Magana under arrest on several drug and neglect charges upon leaving Clewiston Middle School.
School Resource Officer Pelham had been contacted by emergency room medical personnel on Friday, December 1, 2017, in the evening hours. They reported to him that two middle school students had complained of being ill and reportedly admitted to smoking marijuana they had purchased from a permanent substitute school teacher at Clewiston Middle School.
Deputy Pelham began to investigate the claims made by the students. Contact was then made with School Administration and the Hendry County Narcotics Division where it was arranged to make a purchase from the teacher.
On Friday, December 08, 2017, Deputies arrested Rivera-Magana on several charges: Two counts of Possession of Synthetic Drug, with Intent to Sell within 1000' of a School, Two counts Possession of Marijuana within 1000' of School, Two counts Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell within 1000' of a School, Two Counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, Two Counts of Interference with and Two counts of Neglect of a Child. Additional criminal charges are pending.
“I commend Deputy Pelham and members of the Narcotics Division. We cannot and will not allow this behavior to continue on our school campuses”, said Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden. “The School district and administrators were very cooperative and without their support in this case, it could have been more difficult to make this arrest occur”. Whidden went on to say, “one of the advantages we have here is the overwhelming cooperation and working relationship between the Hendry County School District and the Sheriff’s Office, for which we are grateful”.
Rivera-Magana was transported to the Hendry County. Jail Rivera-Magans went to first appearances this morning and the judge set a $100,500 bond. She is currently being held by jail personnel in Hendry County..