- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

JONESBORO, Ill. (AP) - An assistant principal in a southern Illinois school district is on administrative leave after being accused of illegal drug possession.

KFVS-TV reports a Union County grand jury has indicted Tony Rinella with three counts of possession of a controlled substance.

The school district’s web site lists Rinella as an assistant principal at the junior high school and as athletics director.

Superintendent Chuck Goforth wrote in a letter Tuesday that administrators “are of course concerned by these troubling allegations.”

Union County State’s Attorney Tyler Edmonds says Illinois State Police investigated. Goforth says the school is conducting its own probe.

Rinella does not have a listed home telephone number and couldn’t be reached for comment. Court records don’t show whether he has an attorney.

Rinella’s next court appearance is Nov. 11.


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