Beth-Center teacher arraigned

January 27, 2014

A suspended Bethlehem-Center School District teacher was arraigned Friday on charges including possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

Jacqueline Righetti, 46, of 41 Jefferson Ave., Roscoe, was charged by Centerville police after her vehicle was spotted along the side of Main Street in Denbo.

When police went to check the vehicle, they saw a woman, later identified as Righetti, move from the passenger seat to the driver’s seat. Righetti told police that she stopped to talk with a man she identified as her “nephew.”

Police said Righetti appeared to be nervous and would not make eye contact. Righetti claimed not to know of anything illegal in her vehicle and gave police permission to search it. During the search, police found a snorting straw.

When she was searched, a piece of paper containing suspected cocaine fell to the ground from her leg.

Police later learned Righetti and the 22-year-old Brownsville man were not related.

He told police that Righetti told him to lie. He also told police that she was his former teacher at Beth-Center High School and they met up to perform sex acts.

He also was not aware of any illegal substances in the vehicle.

Righetti, who also was charged with disorderly conduct, was released from Washington County jail after posting $1,000 bond set by District Judge Joshua Kanalis.

A preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 10 before Kanalis.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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