- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

SOMERVILLE, N.J. (AP) - The former assistant vice principal at a central New Jersey elementary school who admitted selling drugs out of his home has been spared a prison term.

The Star-Ledger (http://bit.ly/1hsOW3X) reports that 33-year-old John Norton of Bound Brook was sentenced Tuesday to five years in the state’s drug court program. He could have faced at least five years in prison after pleading guilty to drug charges in January .

State police had arrested Norton last December and said they recovered crystal methamphetamine and GHB valued at about $15,000 from his Somerset County home. They also found an unresponsive man who was suffering from a possible drug overdose.

Norton earned $98,000 a year as vice principal of the Elizabeth Avenue School in Franklin Township. He resigned one day after his arrest.

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Information from: The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger, http://www.nj.com

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