UPDATE: No Jail Time for Fmr. Teacher Convicted of Stealing Laptops, Growing Marijuana

By: WSAW Staff Email
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A former Rhinelander English Teacher accused of stealing laptops from the school district, yielding a search warrant that uncovered a marijuana growing room in his basement reached a plea deal and will spend no additional time in jail.

Juergens, 35, pleaded guilty two counts of theft, manufacturing THC, and possessing THC. As result, four other charges were dismissed.

According to court records, Juergens was sentenced to 59 days in jail, however he received credit for the 59 days he had already spent in jail. He will also spend four years on probation and must pay $4,500 in restitution.

The Rhinelander School District terminated Juergens contract following an internal investigation in Nov.

The sheriff's department said in a press release they had been investigating the theft of laptops at his home when they discovered a marijuana growing room in the basement.

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UPDATE: Thurs 11:23 AM, Nov. 21, 2013

The former Rhinelander English Teacher accused of stealing laptops from the school district, yielding a search warrant that uncovered a marijuana growing room in his basement, is expected to reach a plea deal next month.

Joshua Juergens, 35, is charged with manufacturing or delivering THC, 2nd offense possession of THC, two counts of theft, possessing an illegally obtained prescription, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Online court records show a plea and sentencing hearing is scheduled for Dec. 5.

Monday, the Rhinelander School District said they terminated Juergens contract following an internal investigation.

The sheriff's department said in a press release they had been investigating the theft of laptops at his home when they discovered a marijuana growing room in the basement.

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UPDATE: Tues 10:05 AM, Nov. 19, 2013

The Rhinelander School District has terminated the contract of a high school English teacher following an internal investigation.

Joshua Juergens, 35, is charged with manufacturing or delivering THC, 2nd offense possession of THC, two counts of theft, possessing an illegally obtained prescription, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Investigators says they recovered lab equipment belong to the school district at Juergens' home. The sheriff's department said in a press release they had been investigating the theft of laptops at his home when they discovered a marijuana growing room in the basement.

District Superintendent Kelli Jacobi said the decision to terminate Juergens contract was made at a school board meeting Monday night. The decision was the result of an internal investigation.

Juergens had previously been on paid leave which is standard protocol.

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UPDATE: Thur 2:19 PM, Nov. 14, 2013

A Rhinelander High School Teacher charged with growing marijuana at his home will return to court next week to learn if his case will head to trial.

Joshua Juergens, 35, is charged with manufacturing or delivering THC, 2nd offense possession of THC, two counts of theft, possessing an illegally obtained prescription, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Juergens appeared in court Thursday. He pleaded not guilty to two counts of theft and two misdemeanor drug charges.

According to the criminal complaint, investigators discovered an estimated 66 marijuana plants at various stages of growth in a concealed room in the Juergens' basement. Investigators also said they found microscopes and other lab equipment belong to the Rhinelander School District at the home.

A detective described the operation as sophisticated saying it contained an exhaust system, motorized trolley system, fertilizers, reflective materials on the walls, humidistats, hydrometers, and timers.

Officers also located three laptops belonging to the Rhinelander School District. Juergens said he had the laptops because he was working on them.

Juergens will return to court on Nov. 21 for a preliminary hearing. He remains behind bars on a $1,500 cash bond.

The Rhinelander School District said Juergens will remains on paid leave until the investigation is complete.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Thurs 3:22 PM, Nov. 7, 2013

A 35-year-old Rhinelander High School Teacher is behind bars in the Oneida County Jail after investigators say they discovered an indoor marijuana grow at his home.

According to a press release from the Oneida County Sheriff's Department, authorities were investing a theft at Rhinelander High School and executed a search warrant at the home of Joshua Juergens, 35. According to the district's website, Juergens is an English teacher.

The press release states, the stolen items and the marijuana grow were discovered during the search Wednesday.

Juergens will remain on paid leave during the investigation, which is standard protocol.

Online court records show Juergens is charged with disorderly conduct after an incident that happened Tuesday.

Juergens is expected to be charged in the newest case on November 8.


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