"He always paid his rent in a timely manner," said Robinson Police Chief Dale Vietmeier

By Tara Fowler
Updated January 12, 2015 05:30 PM
Credit: Courtesy Pennsylvania Attorney General

Living off a teacher’s salary can be tough. High school teacher Charles Schaldenbrand decided to supplement his income with a side business: Selling heroin.

Schaldenbrand, a special education teacher in Robinson Township, Pennsylvania, is facing five felony charges, including “two counts of delivery of heroin, two counts of possession with the intent to deliver heroin and one count of criminal use of a communication facility,” according to the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office.

He was apprehended after he sold $350 worth of heroin to an undercover informant at least twice, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Schaldenbrand, 44, allegedly kept a coffee can outside his house stuffed with packets of the drug, the Tribune-Review reports.

According to a criminal complaint obtained by KDKA-TV, the informant first contacted Schaldenbrand in December looking to make a purchase.

Another shocking element of the alleged drug operation is that the home that Schaldenbrand dealt out of is owned by a cop.

Robinson Police Chief Dale Vietmeier told KDKA-TV that he was “very surprised” to learn about his tenant’s dealings.

“He always paid his rent in a timely manner,” Vietmeier said.

Schaldenbrand has been placed on paid suspension pending the outcome of a hearing next week.