Substitute teacher who police say passed out on heroin ordered to attend rehab

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BELLEVUE, Pa. - A substitute teacher who police said passed out while high on heroin earlier this month faced a judge Thursday.

According to police, 26-year-old Christopher Chiappetta admitted to doing heroin before going to teach at Northgate Middle-High School.

Investigators said a Bellevue police sergeant was patrolling the hallways at the school, and noticed Chiappetta slumped over in front of a class.

On Thursday, a judge ordered Chiappetta to go to rehab. He was sent back to jail until arrangements could be made with a rehab facility.

“He needs help.  When you make a decision to take heroin and then come to school and try to maintain some kind of professionalism in front of students and then you pass out, it’s pretty severe,” said Michael Hudson of Bellevue police.

One of the charges Chiappetta initially faced was dropped on Thursday.

“The charge of endangering the welfare of children was dropped, and all of the other charges were waived,” said Hudson.

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