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Heroin earns jail time for former Walworth teacher

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Pedro Oliveira Jr.
June 26, 2009
— A former Walworth Elementary School teacher convicted on heroin charges was sentenced Thursday to six months in jail and three years probation.

Katie M. Luessenhop apologized to the Walworth Elementary School community.


“I was trusted as a teacher, and I failed,” she said during her sentencing hearing.


She said she is hoping and praying for another chance in the community.


Luessenhop, 26, of 250 S. Edwards Blvd., No. 146, Lake Geneva, pleaded guilty April 9 to two counts of felony possession of heroin and one count of felony bail jumping.


Two other felony bail jumping counts were dismissed along with one count of possession of cocaine stemming from an incident in the school parking lot Sept. 18.


Luessenhop and Stephen M. Compton, 44, of 250 Van Bee Circle, Williams Bay, were arrested March 7 in Lake Geneva after Walworth County Drug Enforcement Unit deputies executed a search warrant on Luessenhop's apartment, according to the criminal complaint.


The deputies, who had been surveilling Compton and Luessenhop, executed the warrant after seeing them driving together in one of Compton's vehicles, a violation of Luessenhop's bond agreement, according to the complaint.


They reported finding Luessenhop and Compton in her apartment and a bindle of heroin in Luessenhop's wallet.


Luessenhop admitted numerous contacts with Compton while on bond and admitted snorting cocaine and heroin that night. She also admitted buying $3,000 worth of heroin using money given to her by Compton, according to the complaint.


“During this relationship, I was introduced to drugs and curiosity,” Luessenhop said. “Unfortunately, my curiosity took the best of me.”


Luessenhop is to have no contact with alcohol, drugs, drug paraphernalia or Compton. She also has to serve 100 hours of community service and get treatment for drug addiction.


Compton has pleaded not guilty to his charges and is scheduled for a status hearing Friday, July 31.



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