Teacher arrested for alleged drug theft at school

This case doesn’t involve a nurse diverting, but it does involve theft from a school nurse’s office, where drugs meant for students were stored. Fortunately there was camera surveillance near the medication cabinet. This is the second diversion of this type I have seen in the past six months. In another case, medications meant for specials needs students were replaced with substitutions. -Kim New

By Jeff Reinitz

CEDAR FALLS — A Cedar Falls teacher has been arrested for allegedly stealing student medication.

Authorities allege Douglas Ryan Wilkinson, 33, took prescription drugs from a locked medicine cabinet at Holmes Junior High School in early February. He is an English teacher at Cedar Falls High School and a coach at Holmes, according to the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners.

Cedar Falls police arrested Wilkinson, of 915 Franklin St., on Feb. 9 for fifth-degree theft and five counts of unlawful possession of a prescription drug. He also was arrested for making a false report to law enforcement for allegedly claiming medications had been stolen during a burglary to his home in 2014.

All of the charges are misdemeanors, and he has since been released from jail.

Wilkinson allegedly told investigators he had an addiction to prescription medication, court records state.

Cedar Falls police started their investigation after receiving a complaint from the Holmes Junior High principal about possible theft at the school Feb. 1, and officers placed a hidden camera in the school’s nurse’s office the following day.

On Feb. 5, the camera allegedly recorded Wilkinson entering the locked nurse’s office at about 3:30 p.m. and unlocking the medicine cabinet. Footage shows him opening containers and putting items in his pants pocket, court records state.

An inventory of medicine after he left showed 48 pills were missing, court records state. The medications had been kept in the officer for students, and the missing drugs included Adderall, guanfacine and methylphenidate in various strengths.

During the investigation into the missing school medicine, Wilkinson allegedly told police he made a false burglary report Nov. 14, 2014, where he claimed his medicine was stolen. He allegedly admitted he filed the false report in order to obtain more prescription pills, court records state.

Published by – The Courier 

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