SD2 special ed teacher back in court on drug charges

2013-06-07T16:07:00Z 2014-08-25T07:03:27Z SD2 special ed teacher back in court on drug chargesBy ROB ROGERS The Billings Gazette

Special-education teacher Koby Murray is set to be arraigned in Yellowstone County District Court on Tuesday on charges relating to prescription drug abuse.

Murray, who teaches at Lewis and Clark Middle School, has been placed on paid administrative leave by School District 2. State law requires paid leave for employees under investigation.

Murray is being charged with three counts of fraud in trying to obtain a controlled substance, one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of tampering or fabricating medical records, according to the Yellowstone County Attorney’s Office. It’s the third time since 2007 that Murray has been placed on leave by the district and had to appear in court on prescription drug charges.

Murray was placed on leave last year when it was revealed that county law enforcement was investigating her for prescription drug abuse.

She appeared in court, where the judge re-instituted a pretrial diversion agreement — a deal that would dismiss the charges if Murray stayed out of trouble for three years — first put in place in 2008.

Murray was first arrested in 2007 and received a deferred prosecution in December 2008 on charges of trying to obtain prescription drugs without a prescription.

As part of her deal to avoid prosecution, Murray was required to avoid any other criminal activity — even a traffic ticket — through the end of 2011. She also agreed to abide by all SD2 polices, according to a court order. District Court Judge Gregory Todd approved the agreement in August 2008.

During those three years, she also attended a drug treatment program.

The pretrial diversion agreement put in place last year was similar to deal struck in 2008. If Murray stayed out of trouble for three years, the court would dismiss her case.

However, Murray allegedly failed a drug test earlier this year, which is what led to last year’s charges being reinstated this month. She is scheduled to appear before Judge Russell Fagg on Tuesday.

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