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Principal Charged With Dealing Crystal Meth

  1. Each Hit
    POSTED: 12:41 p.m. EST, February 28, 2007

    BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania (AP) -- A middle school principal was charged with dealing crystal methamphetamine after police found the drug in his school office.

    John Acerra, 50, of Allentown, was arrested Tuesday in his office at Nitschmann Middle School in Bethlehem, where police said they found meth on his desk.

    Police said they began investigating Acerra in early February after an informant told them that the principal was using and distributing the drug, The Morning Call newspaper reported Wednesday. Acerra was arrested in his office after allegedly selling drugs to the informant, authorities said.

    There was no indication that Acerra sold the drug to students, but Acerra did allegedly sell the drug from his school office after hours and on weekends, said Dennis Mihalopoulos, an agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency.

    Acerra has an unlisted phone number and it was not clear if he had an attorney. He was arraigned on felony drug charges and sent to county prison, with bail set at $200,000.

    Bethlehem Area School District Superintendent Joseph Lewis did not immediately return a phone call from on Wednesday.

    Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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  1. Beeker
    it's all about the money so I hear. :( I'd rather teach kids mycology that way they can make better beer and mushrooms.
  2. Nagognog2
    If he gets a jury of 18 - 22 year olds who remember him as their principal - wait for him being sentenced to being drawn & quartered.
  3. Shiacmkmleer
    on follow up they arrested him naked
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    Bizarre' details emerge in Bethlehem principal's arrest

    From furtive parking lot deals to sex toys and porn, officials describe drug-fueled path of educator.
    By Pamela Lehman and Steve Esack Of The Morning Call
    When police entered the office of Nitschmann Middle School Principal John Acerra to arrest him for allegedly selling crystal methamphetamine, they found the 50-year-old educator naked and watching gay pornography with sex toys nearby, sources say.

    Police also found a glass drug pipe and $200 in marked money on the desk, just minutes after an informant wearing a wire arranged to buy meth from Acerra about 6 p.m. Tuesday, officials said.


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    Bethlehem schools Superintendent Joseph Lewis said law enforcement officials called him shortly after the arrest, but no one told him Acerra was naked or watching pornography.

    ''This is all bizarre,'' Lewis said Wednesday afternoon after a news conference in his office at the Bethlehem Area School District.

    Lewis also said later he never heard concerns about Acerra regarding drugs or pornography.

    ''I've never received a complaint,'' Lewis said. ''I've been superintendent for five years and I've never gotten an e-mail, phone call or note.''

    He said police told him they do not believe Acerra sold drugs to children. An internal investigation will be conducted, Lewis said.

    Acerra, a 28-year educator and principal since 2000, is in Lehigh County Prison under $200,000 bail. He is charged with possession with intent to deliver, manufacture or create methamphetamine, delivery of a controlled or counterfeit substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    When police received a tip last week that Acerra, of 832 Chestnut St., Allentown, was selling meth, they knew he was the Nitschmann principal and worked fast to set up a sting at the west Bethlehem school.

    ''We were very concerned and that's why we acted as quickly as we did,'' Lehigh County District Attorney James Martin said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon at the Bethlehem Police Department. ''We felt like we had to take him down as quickly as possible.''

    Normally, police may stretch out a drug investigation for months in the hope of nabbing a main drug supplier, Martin said.

    ''Because this was a school principal, we had definite concerns,'' he said.

    Acerra is charged with having meth in his office Tuesday evening, but Martin would not comment on the possibility of any other deals from Acerra's school office.

    Outside the school Wednesday morning, parents expressed amazement and sadness.

    ''I'm just shocked about this happening in a school involving an administrator,'' said Mike Roman, a parent of twin girls in sixth grade. ''It's sad.''

    Doug Brock, father of a sixth-grade girl, Tyler, did not cast blame at the district, saying people make mistakes all the time.

    ''He could have been the janitor,'' Brock said. ''He could have been anybody.''

    Lewis said that when police contacted him about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, he called an emergency meeting of his Cabinet and installed Nitschmann Assistant Principal Jackie Santanasto as acting principal.

    Lewis said he met with Nitschmann's faculty Wednesday morning and brought in extra counselors and psychologists to the school of about 950 students. Letters have been mailed to parents of Nitschmann students informing them of the charges against Acerra, and Lewis' staff plans to hold a meeting for parents next week.

    ''What we are saying to children is in essence sometimes people use bad judgment,'' Lewis said. ''Sometimes people who we put faith in may let us down at various levels.''



  4. Nagognog2
    Wow! Imagine being sent to the principal's office in that school! Holy Moly!

    That guy's going to be crucified for this. Meth. Gay-Porn. Sex-Toys? In his fucking office?? Where the frick was the seceratery? Passed out on valium?

    I wish it was George Bush.
  5. Each Hit
    WOW!!! this guy is gonna get the hammer dropped on him. who the hell sits in their office naked with some sex toys and watches gay porn between meth deals?? it sounds almost surreal, especially considering this guy was in charge of about 1000 young children every school day. at least he wasn't pushing it on the kids (i hope)...
  6. zera
    Supposedly Bush has relapsed and is back to drinking due to intense fighting with his wife. Maybe he'll fall back into cocaine, that would be hilarious if the Christian consevatives' mascot was blowing lines before meeting with Pat Robertson.
  7. pabel_giboon
    Can a guy be so idiot/insane as to be watching gay porn, naked, selling meth on his office at a shool? Wouldn´t he had risen suspicuiousness before?
    Is it just a recentñy divorciated, just-out-of-the-closet, drug rookie?
    Or was he framed?
    Seems too weird to be true.
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