West Jefferson Hills teacher suspended with pay after drug charges

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A West Jefferson Hills School District teacher facing drug charges has been suspended, the district superintendent said today.

South Park police charged Scott Houck, 41, of South Park, on Sunday with conspiracy with intent to deliver, possession and prohibited acts. An attorney was not listed for him in online court records.

Mr. Houck, who teaches technology education at Thomas Jefferson High School, has been suspended with pay, superintendent Michael Panza said. He had been on personal leave and was not scheduled to return until Wednesday.

A warrant is out for his arrest, police said.

"There is absolutely no relationship between these charges and the school district," Mr. Panza said. "We have no information that anything happened at school."

South Park police Chief Dennis M. McDonough confirmed that, saying the crimes occurred at Mr. Houck's home, where he lives with his girlfriend. The incident date is listed as Sept. 17 in online court records.

Some details are still sparse because police have not interviewed Mr. Houck and his girlfriend. The chief wouldn't say what led officers to the home nor would he name the drug or drugs in the case.

First Published January 21, 2014 2:17 PM

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