Montour teacher accused of dealing heroin from coffee can could go to trial
A Montour School District teacher accused of selling heroin from a home he rented from Robinson’s police chief waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday and could go to trial.
The case against Charles Schaldenbrand was referred to Allegheny County Common Pleas Court, his attorney, Robert Del Greco, said outside Magisterial District Judge Carla M. Swearingen’s chambers in McKees Rocks.
Schaldenbrand, 44, could have a jury or non-jury trial or enter a guilty plea, Del Greco said.
Schaldenbrand will be arraigned March 30. He declined comment.
He is accused of selling drugs from a home on K Row in Robinson owned by Robinson police Chief Dale Vietmeier and his brother, Glenn Vietmeier.
Using a confidential informant, agents from the state Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigations made two purchases from Schaldenbrand in December for a total of $350 worth of heroin, according to a criminal complaint.
In those incidents, Schaldenbrand is accused of using a coffee can and a garbage can outside the home for drug pickups.
In January, agents charged Schaldenbrand with five felonies, including two counts of delivery of heroin, two counts of possession with the intent to deliver heroin and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.
On Tuesday, Del Greco declined to discuss whether Schaldenbrand is contesting the allegations, but said Schaldenbrand provided 17 years of outstanding service to the Montour School District and he is dealing with an unfortunate situation.
“Charles is absolutely crestfallen,” he said.
Schaldenbrand, a Montour High School special education teacher, was placed on unpaid leave shortly after a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 13 was postponed, school district Solicitor Ira Weiss said. He is to have no contact with schools or go on school property, Weiss said.
The school district is proceeding with its options under the school code, which could include dismissal of Schaldenbrand, Weiss said.
“The fact that he’s waived his preliminary hearing will certainly influence the district’s thinking on this,” Weiss said.
As of January, Schaldenbrand had lived with his father and a roommate for about 15 months in the house on K Row, Dale Vietmeier said. The police chief said Tuesday he evicted them from the home.
Tory N. Parrish is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-5662 or email@example.com.