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Teacher Who Resigned Accused of Having Cocaine Delivered to Her at School

A teacher who suddenly resigned two weeks ago amid an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency has been indicted by a Kenton County Grand Jury.

Arin Staples is accused of having cocaine delivered to her at Holmes Middle School in Covington where she was a teacher, Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders said. She was indicted Thursday on a charge of prohibited acts related to controlled substances, a Class D felony that could bring one to five years in prison.

Staples resigned shortly after being questioned by investigators.

Covington Independent Public Schools Superintendent Alvin Garrison said last week that investigators have questioned three members of the school's staff since the beginning of the year. Staples was the only faculty member. Quincey Tyus, 26, was arrested and ordered by a judge to stay away from the school. Tyus is charged with trafficking ten or more dosage units of opiates. According to a police report, he sold pain pills to an informant in March but was arrested during a broader investigation this month.

Tyus appeared in court again this week and his case now heads to the Grand Jury.

When word got out that federal agents had visited Holmes, The River City News learned that Tyus was not part of the broader investigation involving federal agents which is why he faces state charges. Staples also faces state charges because while she was caught up in the federal investigation, she was not part of any drug trafficking ring. 

As of this writing, Staples has not been arrested.

"She cooperated with investigators so she will be allowed to turn herself in," Sanders said. 

The third staff member questioned by investigators and the nature of that questioning has not been revealed. 

"We are deeply saddened and troubled by this unfortunate situation," Garrison said in a statement. "But we must move forward and focus on educating our students. We are committed to ensuring that our students have a safe place to learn and our employees a safe place to work. We also are reviewing our employment policies and procedures to determine if any adjustments should be made."

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Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News

Photo: Kenton County Courthouse in Covington/via Circuit Court Clerk