- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

ALTON, Ill. (AP) - A former southwestern Illinois fourth-grade teacher has admitted in court that she possessed heroin.

The (Alton) Telegraph (https://bit.ly/1yyrIlq) reports that 37-year-old Paulina Suess pleaded guilty Monday in Madison County Circuit Court to a charge of unlawful possession of less than 15 grams of a controlled substance.

A sentencing hearing was not immediately scheduled.

A prosecutor told a judge during Monday’s hearing that Granite City police responding to an anonymous November 2011 report that there was drug activity at the defendant’s house found her with the heroin.

Suess was suspended shortly after her arrest and resigned in September of last year.

Suess has no previous convictions on her record. She was charged in 1998 in St. Clair County with misdemeanor possession of marijuana, but that case was dismissed.

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Information from: The Telegraph, https://www.thetelegraph.com

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