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Upper St. Clair teacher suspended after drug plea

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

By Lori Humphreys, Tri-State Sports & News Service

The Upper St. Clair School District has suspended high school physical education teacher and assistant football coach Shawn Morton without pay after he pleaded no contest last week to a drug charge.

Superintendent James Lombardo told the school board Monday that Morton has been suspended for the first semester of this school year. The board had already revoked Morton's coaching contract Aug. 25.

Morton, 40, of Bethel Park, was arrested June 30 by Pittsburgh police during a traffic stop in Mount Washington. He was charged with one count of possession of crack cocaine and a vehicle code infraction.

He pleaded no contest to the drug charge during a hearing Friday and was sentenced to three months probation. At the end of the three months, if there are no more violations, his record will be expunged.

Lombardo said the district will require several conditions before Morton is reinstated next semester.

"These include and are not limited to random substance use screening," Lombardo said.

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