Teacher could return to post after plea

Becky Campbell • Jun 14, 2012 at 10:18 PM

A suspended Washington County school teacher will likely return to the classroom if she can ever get her drug case handled in court.

At least that’s what her attorney said in a court hearing Thursday that ended with another delay.

Jonathan B. Aloisio, 36, and Toni M. Aloisio, 36, 3661 State Route 34, Limestone, were arrested in April 2011 after a traffic stop led Washington County sheriff’s investigators to their home.

Officers found an extensive indoor marijuana growing operation that included 285 plants, 6 pounds of processed marijuana, three ounces of cocaine and three-fourths pound of psychedelic mushrooms. Investigators said the street value of all the drugs was around $500,000.

Jonathan Aloisio owns his own roofing business while his wife is a schoolteacher. She has been suspended without pay since her arrest.

The two have not been indicted, but their attorneys, Mark Slagle for him and Rick Spivey for her, have an agreement worked out.

Jonathan Aloisio will plead guilty to some form of the charges against him and charges against his wife will be dismissed and expunged from her record.

Once the expungement is complete, Toni Aloisio can say she has never been charged or convicted of a crime.

When arrested, the two were charged with possession of schedule I, II and VI drugs for resale, aggravated child abuse/neglect/endangerment and maintaining a dwelling where controlled substances are used and sold.

But after a preliminary hearing in May, some of the charges didn’t stick.

Jonathan Aloisio still faces charges of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, two counts of having a prohibited weapon, three counts of attempted child neglect, possession of schedule I, II and VI drugs for resale and maintaining a dwelling where controlled substances are used and sold.

Charges against Toni Aloisio now are three counts of attempted child neglect and simple possession of marijuana.

Attorneys have not said what charges Jonathan Aloisio will plead guilty to when the case is finally settled. Whatever the charges end up being, it’s likely the case will be handled at their next appearance July 3.

Part of the assurance the plea will go forward is because the case has ended up on Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood’s docket.

Blackwood, a retired senior judge, is handling a portion of cases from Criminal Court Judge Lynn Brown because Brown’s limited by a medical issue.

Brown has said numerous times from the bench that he can only work half days on order of his physician. Brown has a blood clot in his leg and said Thursday that “if it lets loose and goes to my lungs, I’ll die.”

Brown has said the only way his doctor will allow him to remain on the bench is if he only works half days and takes a break every hour.

Spivey asked if the dismissal judgment against his client could be signed Thursday so “she can go ahead and get her job back.” But Assistant District Attorney Kelly McCoy said that was not possible because the dismissal is based on Jonathan Aloisio’s plea being accepted by a judge.

The Aloisios have not been indicted by a grand jury and are proceeding with the case on what’s called an “information.” They are free on bond and will return to court July 3.

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