Local music teacher accused of stealing instruments was arrested in October

Updated: 03/27/2014 6:20 PM
Created: 03/27/2014 4:47 PM WHEC.com
By: Rebecca Fath

New developments with a local music teacher accused of stealing instruments and pawning them to buy heroin. News10NBC has learned that the same teacher was arrested in October and now parents are questioning why she was allowed to stay in the classroom.

The superintendent of the Keshequa School District talked with News10NBC Thursday. He wants parents to know the district is working with police. 

Danielle Conner-Willowglade was in Irondequoit Town Court Thursday evening. Her case was waived until she can find an attorney. News10NBC was told she did not qualify for a public defender.

Conner-Willowglade accused of bringing the instruments to a pawn shop in Irondequoit. She was charged last week. 

News10NBC also learned she was arrested on Joseph Avenue in Rochester in October. According to court paperwork, troopers say she had four bags of heroin. She pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. 

Parents in Nunda are angry. They are wondering how this teacher could have possibly worked for five months after investigators say she was arrested for heroin possession back in October.

News10NBC sat down with the Keshequa School District Superintendent who answered that question.

Donald Covell has been catching heat from parents who think he knew the band teacher had been previously arrested, but just didn't do anything about it. Covell insists that is not what happened.  

He says he believes the New York State Education Department sent a letter regarding the arrest, but that the letter never got to his office.

Superintendent Donald Covell, Keshequa School District, said, "We did not receive it. I would have remembered it if it had come in because she's our teacher. I'm not going to cover it up, why would I do that?! We did not receive it."

The district says it's cooperating with investigators. Covell says the reason he's hasn't been more outspoken about this is because he doesn't want to interfere with this investigation.

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