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January 22, 2013

Middle school teacher in court on drug charges

Attorney comments on educator’s predicament



Charlestown Police Department officers were called to the middle school Dec. 21 after an unlabeled pill bottle containing marijuana was found in the facility’s main office earlier in the day. Administrators had reviewed a surveillance video that showed the pill bottle falling from Hennegan’s pocket, police reported. CPD then brought a K-9 unit to the school to search Hennegan’s classroom. Near his desk, police reported, the K-9 led officers to discover two smoking pipes, one of which contained burnt marijuana.

Police later found about one ounce of marijuana at Hennegan’s home.

Hennegan faces charges of maintaining a common nuisance, a class D felony, and possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia, both class A misdemeanors.

Court records do not reflect his next court appearance.

“Mr. Hennegan is caught in a situation, and frankly, there before the grace of God go many of us,” Blau said of her client. “He isn’t pretending he is a saint, but nor does he feel like he should be vilified for the situation that he is in.”

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