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Were drug charges against wrestling coach a frame-up?

After a popular high school wrestling coach in central Pennsylvania was arrested on suspicion of drug crimes recently, parents of some of the athletes on the coach's team rose to his defense. They said that the coach was framed by someone who planted drug paraphernalia at his home and sent an anonymous tip to the police.

Police conducted a search of the suspect's home in January after an anonymous tipster claimed that there was drug paraphernalia at the home. They reportedly found suspicious items and charged him with possession of drug paraphernalia about three months later. The suspect, who coaches wrestling and teaches drivers' education at Boiling Springs, is still on the staff of the school district as of April 11.

The suspect has several defenders among the parents of his wrestling team. One of them wrote a letter to the Cumberland County district attorney calling the charges an "injustice" and a "witch hunt." The mother who wrote the letter described the suspect as a "good man" and a "great coach and father figure to our sons."

"He has the Boiling Springs community's 100 percent support," she wrote.

The woman also said that the drug paraphernalia, which is not identified in a news article about the charge, did not belong to the suspect and was planted at his home by a former partner. It is not clear if the mother is referring to a romantic partner or business partner.

The accused man is a longtime faculty member at the Boiling Springs high school. His teams have won five district championships, including three in a row.

Source: The Cumberland Sentinel, "Parent defends Boiling Springs wrestling coach who faces drug charges," Megan Bollinger, April 11, 2013

ยท To learn more about drug charges in Pennsylvania, please visit our Pittsburgh drug crime page.

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