Bath teacher, custodian arrested on drug charges

Published 1:40 pm Thursday, March 26, 2015

NEWS_LEAD_BATH ELEMENTARY DRUG BUST_150327_WEBBATH — Two employees at Bath Elementary School were arrested this week after Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office investigators received information that money had been exchanged for prescription pain pills at the school last week, said a press release from the sheriff’s office.

Christopher Alligood, 43, of Bath, and Pamela Dawn Johnson, 43, of Pinetown, both resigned from their positions at the school: Alligood, on March 20, and Johnson, on March 19, according to Beaufort County Schools. Alligood was a middle-school teacher and 16-year veteran of the Bath Elementary teaching staff; Johnson was a school custodian.

The sheriff’s office drug unit received information from school administration last week, after the two employees were asked to resign, and followed up with an investigation into the transactions, said Lt. Russell Davenport, head of the drug unit.

Johnson allegedly sold Alligood 13 Percocet pills on March 17, and 13 more Percocet pills on March 18, while on school property. Percocet is a pain medication, a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone, an opioid. It’s a controlled substance — its sale by a prescription holder or possession without a prescription is illegal.

Alligood was charged with two counts of possession of a schedule II controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school. Johnson, hired as custodian in 2013, was charged with two counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school.

“Beaufort County Schools is aware of the investigation by the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office and will continue to cooperate fully with investigators,” reads a statement from BCS’ Public Information Officer Sarah Hodges.

Davenport said that earlier in the week his office received many calls from Bath Elementary School parents sharing their concerns that the alleged drug transactions involved teachers selling to students. Davenport said that was untrue — the only people involved were the two arrested.