- Associated Press - Saturday, June 18, 2016

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) - A former special education teacher caught with heroin and other drugs in a high school classroom has been sentenced to probation.

Ryan Fogarty had pleaded guilty to drug possession charges.

The 32-year-old Ridgefield man apologized before being sentenced Friday to four years of probation. Fogarty said he was on a “downward spiral of addiction” at the time.

Prosecutors have said Fogarty had a backpack containing pills, drug paraphernalia and 125 bags of heroin in his Cliffside Park high school classroom in March 2014. Authorities had launched an investigation after a student reported the finding of a syringe on the floor of a school bathroom.

Fogarty said his client sought treatment and “has been clean” since his arrest.

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