Teacher Arrested at School, Accused of Drug Trafficking

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An art teacher at Jefferson Middle School in St. Charles was charged Thursday with eight counts of drug trafficking. Four of the sales were made near schools in St. Charles, though none of the sales was to schoolchildren, police say.

The teacher, Timothy J. Slattery, 43, of the 2700 block of West Randolph Street in St. Charles, was arrested in the hallway outside his classroom. St. Charles Police Chief David A. King made the arrest personally and invited newspaper and television reporters to the school.

King said he wanted the arrest to have a high profile so that the community, the school district and the children in the school would be aware that people selling drugs would be arrested.

King said also that he found this incident particularly insulting. That's because the St. Charles Police Department has been teaching Drug Abuse Resistance Education classes to seventh-graders in a room across the hall from Slattery's art room for a year.

Slattery has been charged with selling crack cocaine and making the sales to an undercover police officer. Several of the transactions were recorded using audio or video tape. King said Slattery had been under investigation by the county Multijurisdictional Enforcement Group since March. …