Former Charter School Administrator Is Sentenced

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Former Star Valley Charter School administrator Russell Koch was sentenced last week after pleading guilty to a single count of possession of a dangerous drug.

Koch was sentenced July 21 to three years probation, 90 days in jail, with credit for 44 days already served, and 360 days of community service. Koch must also undergo substance abuse screening and treatment,

said Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores.

Payson police arrested Koch Feb. 11 after a year-long investigation. The investigation started after an individual in police custody said Koch was possibly using and possessing methamphetamine.

A urine sample tested Koch positive for both marijuana and methamphetamine, according to the case summary. A yellow wallet with Koch's identification in it, discovered by police under a vehicle where Koch had been detained at the Star Valley Charter School contained methamphetamine.

He was originally indicted on Feb. 20 by the Gila County grand jury on seven drug counts.

These included two counts of possession/use of dangerous drugs (methamphetamine), two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and three counts of possession/use of marijuana.

Koch is the former site administrator at Star Valley Charter School.

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