Suspended West Jefferson Hills teacher, girlfriend waive drug charges to court
A suspended West Jefferson Hills School District teacher and his girlfriend charged with running a marijuana growing operation in their home waived all charges to Allegheny County Court on Wednesday.
Scott Houck, 41, of South Park Township was suspended without pay from his position as an industrial arts teacher at Thomas Jefferson High School after the drug allegations came to light in January.
According to court documents, state and South Park Township police served a search warrant at the Sebolt Road home that Houck shared with his 23-year-old girlfriend, Taylor Bottone.
Police reportedly found several marijuana plants growing in a room concealed by a hidden door, along with two 5-ounce bags of marijuana, heating lamps, fertilizer, irrigation pumps and other items used to grow the plants.
Authorities said there's no indication Houck committed any crimes at the school or sold drugs to students.
Houck's defense attorney, Charles LoPresti, said he looks forward to taking the case to the next level.
“This is a very ordinary procedure,” he said. “We had some discussions with the police officers and we hope to discuss this further with the district attorney's office.”
Houck and Bottone are charged with conspiracy, possession with intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
They will have a formal arraignment at the Allegheny County Courthouse at 11 a.m. on May 15.
Tim Karan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1970, or email@example.com.
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