Northgate substitute teacher waives hearing in heroin case

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A former substitute teacher accused of coming to a Northgate class high on heroin earlier this month waived a preliminary today, and one charge was withdrawn.

A charge of endangering the welfare of children against Christopher Chiappetta, 26, was thrown out, and charges of drug possession, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct were waived for court.

Mr. Chiappetta’s attorney and his father both declined comment today at District Judge Tara Smith’s court.

Bellevue Sgt. Michael Hudson found Mr. Chiappetta, of Ross, asleep at his desk during an art class at Northgate Middle/High School on Oct. 17. Police said he had heroin on him and marijuana and blunt wrappers in his vehicle.

Sgt. Hudson said Mr. Chiappetta likely will go through a month-long drug-treatment program and receive probation.

Molly Born:, 412-263-1944 or Twitter: @borntolede.

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