Former Ohio teacher convicted of permitting student drug use at her home

Amy Panzeca faces a maximum possible sentence of up to one year in prison

Former Ohio teacher convicted of permitting student drug use at her home
Amy Panzeca faces a maximum possible sentence of up to one year in prison. (Source: WXIX)

SPRINGBORO, OH (FOX19) - A former Springboro teacher has been convicted on one count of child endangering and two counts of permitting drug abuse.

At the time of the offenses, Amy Panzeca was a teacher with Springboro Community City Schools.

Panzeca waived her right to a jury trial, and after 1 1/2 days of testimony, Warren County Common Pleas Court Judge Donald E. Oda II this week found her guilty of the charges.

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Detectives from the Warren County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at her Springboro home in May 2017 after reports of suspected drug activity at the residence. During the execution of the search warrant of the residence, detectives say they found LSD and marijuana.

Further investigation revealed that on multiple occasions, Panzeca was present and observed her son conduct hand-to-hand drug transactions with Springboro High School students and other people that came to the residence, according to authorities. They say Panzeca was also aware that her son hosted several parties in the residence where drug use was prevalent.

During the course of the investigation, detectives said they conducted forensic examinations of Panzeca’s cellphone and found several text messages where Panzeca and her son discussed drug trafficking and the use of drugs by students at the residence. Panzeca’s son was previously found to be a delinquent child in Warren County Juvenile Court for aggravated trafficking and possession of drugs.

Panzeca will be sentenced in February. She faces a maximum possible sentence of up to 12 months in prison.

“I’m sure that many people in the Springboro community are in disbelief that someone who was previously such a well-respected educator could be guilty of these types of crimes. However, as Judge Oda indicated in handing down his verdict, there was ‘overwhelming evidence’ of Panzeca’s guilt. Her juvenile son engaged in drug trafficking activities directly in front of her. She openly permitted the use of LSD and other drugs by young people when they visited her home. Her own text messages specifically discussing these drug activities ultimately sealed her fate,” said Warren County Prosecutor David P. Fornshell.

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