WICKLIFFE, Ky. (KT) - A former Ballard Memorial High School teacher accused of stealing a student's medication pleaded not guilty in district court Monday morning, the Paducah Sun reported.
April Jewell, who school officials confirmed resigned last week, faces one count each of theft of a controlled substance under $10,000 and prescription-controlled substance not in proper container, first offense.
In the complaint against Jewell, Ballard County Deputy D. Vance claims that Jewell admitted to taking some of the medication, as well as some nausea medicine from a residence on Freeman Road on May 2.
Vance claims in the complaint that Jewell took 18 hydrocodone pills, and that deputies found 17 of the pills in her possession.
Defense attorney Emily Roark waived formal arraignment and entered the not guilty plea on Jewell's behalf, and District Judge Keith Myers set a preliminary hearing for June 3.
If Myers decides after that hearing that probable cause exists, he will send the charge to a grand jury, which will determine whether to indict Jewell.