Local teacher charged in marijuana grow operation; Tells students he misses them after hearing

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PITTSBURGH - A Pittsburgh-area high school teacher and his live-in girlfriend have surrendered on charges they conspired to distribute marijuana grown in a hidden room in their home.

Forty-one-year-old Scott Houck and 23-year-old Taylor Bottone surrendered Wednesday on charges filed by South Park Township police.

West Jefferson Hills School District superintendent Michael Panza said school officials have determined there's no link between the alleged drugs, the school and any students.

"We were very disappointed to hear about the allegations against the employee. We believe teachers are role models for children," Panza said.

Houck told his students, "Miss you" when asked by reporters for comment after his arraignment.

Bottone didn't comment.
 
Paperwork shows the investigation began last September.

Police said they went to Houck’s house twice and smelled marijuana both times. 

They recently got a search warrant. 

Once inside, police said they found several marijuana plants in a room in the basement behind a hidden door.

Houck has been suspended from his job as a tech teacher at Thomas Jefferson High School.

Houck was a teacher for more than 10 years.

“I'm sure it's difficult for everyone. It's an unfortunate situation for the employee, for the district and for our community. This is a great school district and great community," said Panza.