An Ohio teacher was arrested after she was accused of knowingly allowing her teenage son to sell LSD in her home, along with allegedly allowing teens to use the drug at her house.
Amy Panzeca pleaded not guilty to charges that included permitting drug use and endangering children, The Associated Press reports.
Panzeca, who taught fifth grade at Five Points Elementary School, was also charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, WKEF reports. If Panzeca is convicted, she could face up to three years of prison time and a fine of $7,000.
According to Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell, Panzeca allowed her 15-year-old son to sell LSD, and teenagers to take the drug, inside her home. Fornshell said the teen was selling drugs to 20-30 students.
A drug task force search of Panzeca's home in May reportedly uncovered marijuana and LSD.
Students in Panzeca's fifth-grade class will have a long-term substitute, a spokesperson for Five Points said. Panzeca, who has worked at the school district for over two decades, is reported to have been placed on paid administrative leave.
According to a search warrant, Panzeca's son admitted that he gave his mother money to buy the cryptocurrency Bitcoins, which he then used to buy drugs online. Panzeca said that she thought the Bitcoins were for gambling.
The search warrant also said that text messages between the mother and son showed that she knew about the use of LSD and marijuana at the home.
"She was aware of the trafficking of LSD that was occurring at the residence and she was also aware that there were juvenile students that were coming over to the residence and actually using LSD at that residence," said Fornshell, according to WCPO.
"Examination of her cell phone corroborated what the witnesses were telling us, which was that she was aware of drug trafficking activity as well as aware of the fact that LSD was being used by juveniles at that residence," he added.
"This is not kids or a group of kids sitting in the basement smoking weed. This is using acid in the basement of the house and other areas of the house," Fornshell argued. "Based on the reports that we have received as well as the investigation that we've done, we believe there were somewhere between 20-30 juveniles who were being trafficked LSD by this particular juvenile."
Fornshell added that more charges will come for the teenagers involved in the case.
She was released on bond, but she is to have no contact with anyone under the age of 18 outside of family members.