Friday, November 24, 2017
Public safety

Teacher arrested after police find marijuana in her sons' rooms

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TAMPA — A Hillsborough County public school teacher was arrested Thursday and charged with felony child neglect after telling police she knew about her sons' marijuana use, according to an arrest affidavit.

Police searched Kelley Fraley's home, where she lives with her two sons, ages 15 and 18. Police found marijuana and drug paraphernalia in both sons' rooms and in the garage, according to the arrest report.

Fraley told police she was aware of her sons using marijuana, and both of their rooms smelled like marijuana at the time of the search, the affidavit stated.

Fraley, who teaches first grade at Ballast Point Elementary School, has been with the Hillsborough County school district since 2006. According to district spokesman Steve Hegarty, she was sent a letter advising her not to return to school until the matter is resolved.

Typically after a felony arrest, the district asks the School Board to suspend the employee without pay, pending the outcome of the case. The board next meets on March 18.

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