- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

MCKEES ROCKS, Pa. (AP) - A suspended western Pennsylvania high school teacher charged with selling heroin out of his home has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (https://bit.ly/1zTG5nT ) reports 44-year-old Charles Schaldenbrand did that Tuesday.

The Montour High School special education teacher was charged last month by the state attorney general’s office. A criminal complaint says undercover agents used a confidential information to make two purchases of heroin from the suspect for $350.

Defense attorney Robert Del Greco won’t say whether Schaldenbrand is contesting the charges, but says, “Charles is absolutely crestfallen.”

School solicitor Ira Weiss says the district is taking steps to deal with Schaldenbrand under the Pennsylvania School Code, and could eventually fire him.

Schaldenbrand must either stand trial or take a plea deal after waiving the preliminary hearing.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, https://pghtrib.com

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