Paris High School teacher Layne Gray has been named in a federal court indictment which alleges that he was involved in the possession of and distribution of Hydromorphone, Oxycodone and Oxymorphone, all Schedule II narcotics, in violation of federal law.
While Gray faces only one count in the indictment, eight other individuals were also named and face more than one count.
According to his attorney, Mark Hampton of Little Rock, Gray has entered a not guilty plea and is preparing for trial in the Eastern District of U.S. District Court in Little Rock. The trial was originally scheduled for April but has been rescheduled for February, 2016.
The indictment was handed down by a federal grand jury in February.
Gray had no comment and referred questions to his attorney.
At present, Gray is still employed by the Paris School District, where he has been a teacher for 21 years, but not in a teaching capacity, according to Paris School Superintendent Wayne Fawcett. Fawcett did say that Gray was not working in a non-teaching capacity.
Fawcett said little else about the situation.
"I officially can’t talk about it because it is a personnel matter," Fawcett said.
Gray teaches special education and the Jobs for America’s Graduates program at PHS. Fawcett said the school district has hired a "long-term substitute.
Und"er Paris School District policy, "any employee convicted of any state or federal law relating to the possession, use or distribution of illegal drugs, other controlled substances or of drug paraphernalia, shall be recommended for termination. The policy also states that "any employee so charged is subject to discipline, up to and including termination."