Fmr. Teacher Accused of Stealing Equipment from Rhinelander Hospital

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

A former English teacher convicted of stealing laptops from the Rhinelander School District and growing marijuana in his basement is in trouble with the law again. Joshua Juergens, 36, is charged with stealing nearly $10,000 worth of medical equipment from St. Mary's hospital in Rhinelander.

According to court documents, Juergens was seen at the hospital on July 26. During the visit hospital staff said he asked for a plastic bag. After he left, staff said they noticed a patient monitor valued at more than $8,700, a digital thermometer valued at $550, and required cables estimated to be worth $250 were all missing.

Juergens girlfriend reportedly brought the equipment back to the hospital later that day after she noticed it. She said Juergens told her the monitor was a tv and the thermometer was remote.

During an interview with police, Juergens said he was heavily medicated and had no idea what he was doing with the equipment, according to court documents.

In Juergens' previous criminal case, he was sentenced to 59 days in jail, however he received credit for the 59 days he had already spent in jail. He was also sentenced to four years on probation.

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

The Rhinelander School District terminated Juergens contract following an internal investigation in Nov. 2013.

Juergens' remains in the Oneida County Jail on a Department of Corrections probation hold.

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