Father charged after son wears wrong pants to school

ANDERSON – The father of a special education student at Erskine Elementary School was being sought Monday after his son wore his father's jeans to school and cocaine was found in the pockets.

The father, Jose Diaz Chagoya, 49, 2900 block of Pitt Street, was wanted on charges of dealing in cocaine, a Level 5 felony; maintaining a common nuisance, a Level 6 felony; and neglect of a dependent, a Level 6 felony.

A warrant was issued for Chagoya’s arrest and bond was set at $10,000.

If convicted, Chagoya could receive a 1-to-6 year sentence on the Level 5 felony charge and a possible sentence of six months to 30 months on the Level 6 felony charges.

The incident took place on March 9 when a teacher was approached by another student telling her there was a classmate with powder in a bag, the probable cause affidavit states.

The teacher asked the student about the report and was shown the two bags containing a white powdery substance. The student said he wore his father’s jeans to school.

The student told the teacher his father sells the white substance and keeps it in the closet. The powder tested positive for cocaine, police said.

A search warrant was obtained for the Pitt Street address, which is owned by Chagoya. Police found digital scales and plastic bags with residue on a shelf in the closet and found in a second closet a shirt with several plastic bags with residue and a gray bag with a white powder substance. The substance found at the residence tested positive for cocaine, the affidavit said.

To inform parents, Anderson Community Schools officials posted on Facebook on March 10 that there had been a security incident at Erskine. 811 W. 60th St.

In part, the posting read: "On Thursday, March 9, a student was discovered to be in possession of an unknown white powder. Erskine staff immediately removed the child and substance from the classroom and notified the Anderson Police Department."

The Indiana Department of Child Services assisted police at the school.

The student was not charged.

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