Pennsylvania Teacher Faces Drug Charges
(Denbo, Pennsylvania) A 45-year-old special education teacher with the Bethlehem-Center School District, Jacqueline Righetti, has been accused of illegal drug offenses.
Righetti faces counts of possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and disorderly conduct.
An officer approached Righetti’s stopped vehicle around 9 p.m. Dec. 28 because he thought it was disabled, according to the criminal complaint. When he got close to the vehicle, he saw a man and a woman moving around inside.Details on arrest and booking are unavailable.
The woman, later identified as Righetti, told police she pulled over to talk with her nephew, and the man gave the same story. The officer noted that Righetti was acting nervous and shaking, according to the compliant. During a search of the vehicle, the officer located two containers; one contained a snorting straw and the other contained two white pills.
A second straw was found in Righetti’s purse, and a white, powdery substance believed to be cocaine was found in her possession.
The man later told police that Righetti told him to lie and that she was not his aunt. He said Righetti was his former teacher, and that they had met to have sex, according to the criminal complaint. The man said he was unaware of the drugs, and was released.
Righetti told police that the substance was cocaine and that she had a drug abuse problem.