Arin Staples: Covington 7th grade teacher indicted on drug charges

COVINGTON, Ky. -- A Northern Kentucky teacher was indicted on drug charges Thursday afternoon in Kenton County and has since resigned from her job.

Arin Staples, who taught 7th grade at Holmes Middle School in Covington for two years, was indicted on a Class D felony charge of prohibited acts related to a controlled substance.

The alleged drug activity went on between September 2013 - March 2014, according to the indictment.

If convicted, she could be sentenced to prison for one to five years, according to Kenton County prosecutor Rob Sanders. 

"She has cooperated with investigators so she is being given the opportunity to turn herself in at an undisclosed time and location," Sanders told WCPO. "As of yet she has not been arrested."

Staples was being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) leading up to her indictment.

Holmes superintendent Alvin Garrison released the following statement Thursday:

"We are deeply saddened and troubled by this unfortunate situation. But we must move forward and focus on educating our students. We are committed to ensuring that our students have a safe place to learn and our employees a safe to work. We also are reviewing our employment policies and procedures to determine if any adjustments should be made."

Including her stint at Holmes, Staples worked for the Covington Independent School District for several years.

Her former students told WCPO reporter Evan Millward that Staples was passionate about her job and cared for their education.

Just over one week ago, another Holmes staff member was in trouble for drugs.

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The school's security employee and assistant football coach, 26-year-old Quincy Tyus, was charged with drug trafficking after a DEA investigation. He did not face federal charges because he was not involved in a larger drug ring. Instead, his case was handed over to the Kenton County Circuit Court.

Tyus appeared in court last Wednesday, when he received a $5,000 bond and was ordered to stay 500 feet away from the school.

It was not immediately clear if the two investigations are related.

Staples is scheduled to be arraigned September 8 at 1:30 p.m.

 

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