Child Neglect Charges Added for Teacher Who Brought Heroin to School

Prosecutors have filed more charges in the case of a Sapulpa second grade teacher accused of bringing heroin and syringes to school.

Megan Sloan, 27, was arrested on May 1 after a fellow teacher said Sloan left her personal Facebook account logged in on the teacher's computer, and the witness reportedly saw a conversation Sloan had regarding illegal activity.

The witness told an administrator that Sloan's Facebook conversation discussed selling school property as well as buying and selling heroin.

When police questioned the second grade teacher, she reportedly admitted to selling school-owned iPads for cash to buy drugs and admitted to having drugs in her purse. Investigators say they found 40 syringes in the teacher's purse, and that they contained or had traces of methamphetamine and black tar heroine. She also allegedly had Suboxone, a prescription painkiller used to treat opioid dependence.

Investigators say that the teacher did not appear to be under the influence of drugs at the time of her arrest. She reportedly told them that she did not use drugs at school, and that her purse containing drugs and drug paraphernalia was never left where children had access to it.

Sloan was arrested and charged with two counts of embezzlement, one count of possession of a controlled substance in the presence of a minor, and one count of illegal possession of drug paraphernalia. On Tuesday, prosecutors added a charge of child neglect to the charges Sloan faces.

Oklahoma law in 10A O.S. § 1-1-105 defines child neglect as follows:

a. the failure or omission to provide any of the following:

(1) adequate nurturance and affection, food, clothing, shelter, sanitation, hygiene, or appropriate education,

(2) medical, dental, or behavioral health care,

(3) supervision or appropriate caretakers, or

(4) special care made necessary by the physical or mental condition of the child,

b. the failure or omission to protect a child from exposure to any of the following:

(1) the use, possession, sale, or manufacture of illegal drugs,

(2) illegal activities, or

(3) sexual acts or materials that are not age- appropriate, or

c. abandonment.

Under 21 O.S. § 843.5, child neglect is punishable by a maximum penalty of life in prison.