Crime

Conway teacher arrested after messages about buying drugs surface on school iPads

An Horry County special education teacher was arrested at Whittemore Park Middle School and charged with drug possession after authorities said a school iPad was used to send messages about buying drugs, according to a police report.

Erin Condon, 23, was charged with possession of drugs on Feb. 23 and booked into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center. She was released on Feb. 24 on a $2,500 bond, according to jail records.

Condon resigned voluntarily from her teaching position with Whittemore Park Middle School when she was arrested, according to Teal Britton, Horry County schools spokeswoman.

Police were called about 3:15 p.m. on Feb. 23 to Whittemore Park Middle School in Conway in regards to some missing school iPads, officers said.

Condon was already with another officer when police arrived. She waived her Miranda Rights and agreed to talk to police, according to the report.

Whittemore Park Middle School officials said they were missing at least two iPads that had been signed out under Condon’s name.

A previous investigation about the missing iPads dates back to Dec. 9 2014, according to a police report.

Officers said that a media teacher at the school noticed that one of the iPads had text messages sent on it about buying illegal drugs and that Condon had previously had the iPad.

The media teacher also noticed that other iPads that were checked out under Condon’s authority were missing, police said.

Police said they were preparing to serve a warrant in connection with the missing iPads, but were told that Condon’s lawyer was working on a deal with Board of Education lawyers. Officers were told not to serve the warrant at that time, according to the report.

However, Britton said there must have been a misunderstanding because Horry County school board lawyers had not and were not in the process of making any kind of agreements or “deals” with Condon or her lawyer.

Police did follow up about the text messages about buying drugs on Feb.23, and at that time she showed police several different pills she had in her possession, authorities said.

Officers said she had prescriptions drugs Xanax, Amphetamine, and Dextroamphetamine. She told authorities she had a prescription for one of the pills, but it was not on her.

Police said Condon denied buying drugs, selling drugs, and trading iPads for drugs. When asked about why she had messages about buying drugs she told police, “that people know that she knows people with drugs,” according to the report.

Condon was employed at Whittemore Park Middle School from September 2014 until her resignation in February. She was a special education teacher at Carolina Forest High School during the spring 2014 semester and worked as substitute teacher with Horry County in September 2013, Britton said.

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