According to Bellevue Police, an investigation was launched Wednesday after a school resource officer found Chiappetta slumped over on his desk in front of his class.
Investigators say the officer was patrolling the school hallways when he passed Chiappetta's classroom and noticed something wrong.
"He was very disoriented," said resource officer Michael Hudson. "He appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol."
The officer and the school principal were questioning Chiappetta about his behavior when a stamped bag of heroin fell out of his pocket. Officers eventually recovered four baggies of heroin from Chiappetta's pockets and marijuana from his car.
Chiappetta initially denied using any narcotics or alcohol, but later admitted to using heroin at around 6 a.m. that morning.
He was booked into the Allegheny County Jail and charged with drug possession and child endangerment. He remains held in lieu of $10,000 bond.
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