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UPDATE: AL School Board Votes Unanimously to Terminate Teacher

UPDATE: AL School Board Votes Unanimously to Terminate Teacher

October 22, 2018 04:16 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Monday, members of the Albert Lea School Board voted unanimously to terminate a special education teacher who had previously been put on leave amid an "investigation."

According to law enforcement, Erin Bennett was arrested on September 15 for suspected cocaine possession during a traffic stop.  No charges related to this incident have been filed against her at this time.

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Court documents show that on September 28 Bennett entered a guilty plea on two charges: possessing a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, for a June 24 incident.

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An Albert Lea special education teacher is on paid leave amid an "investigation."

According to Albert Lea Police, 33-year-old Erin Bennett was arrested on September 15 for suspected cocaine possession during a traffic stop near the intersection of Euclid Ave. and West William St.

The Albert Lea School District's online staff directory lists Bennett as an early childhood special education instructor.

The district's executive director, Jim Quiram, told ABC 6 News that Bennett was placed on paid administrative leave pending the "outcome of an investigation."

According to court documents, charges were filed against Bennett on June 24 for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia; she's scheduled to appear in court on October 3 for those.

Police said a 2nd person, 30-year-old Leonte High Town, was also arrested for cocaine possession during the September 15 traffic stop.

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