Ex-Teachers Aide Waives Hearing on Drug Charges

Brad Washburn waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Monday in Lehigh County Central Court.

Brad Washburn, 31, of Bethlehem, waived his right to a preliminary hearing today, June 18, brought by South Whitehall police.

Washburn, a former teacher's aide and wrestling coach in the Bangor Area School District, was charged in May after police found him asleep in his car in the 5000 block of Tilghman Street. He was allegedly found with seven bags of heroin and a syringe on his lap, The Morning Call reported.

At the time of the arrest, Washburn was on probation for supplying drugs and alcohol to teenagers at Bangor Area High School. Bangor Area High School biology teacher Gina Riso had died of a heroin overdose in 2009 at his Bethlehem apartment, according to lehighvalleylive.com reports.

His preliminary hearing was scheduled in Central Court in the Lehigh County courthouse.


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