University Place teacher to go through drug court after smoking heroin in school parking lot

A University Place teacher has pleaded guilty to charges related to smoking heroin in the school parking lot and selling oxycodone during school hours.

Brian Bennett, 34, pleaded guilty Dec. 11 to two counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

He chose to do drug court, where participants undergo treatment and court monitoring for about a year. If successful, they can have their charges dismissed.

An informant told police that Bennett, a seventh-grade teacher at Drum Intermediate School, had claimed he could sell prescription pills. Police had the informant arrange to buy the drugs and arrested Bennett after he sold oxycodone to the informant multiple times.

They found heroin and more oxycodone in Bennett’s car.

He said he was going through a divorce and owed money. He said he never sold drugs to children, but smoked heroin in his car outside the school and left work to sell oxycodone.

Multiple families wrote letters to the court on Bennett’s behalf, saying he had been a very effective teacher for their children.