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Springboro teacher’s son appeals conviction in drug case

The teen son of Springboro teacher Amy Panzeca has appealed his juvenile court conviction in their drug case to the Twelfth District Court.

In December, her son, now 16, was sentenced to 30 more days in the local detention center as part of his sentence in Warren County Juvenile Court. He had pleaded no contest to charges of trafficking in drugs and possession of controlled substances.

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He was also ordered to complete an in-patient treatment program, placed on probation, possibly until he turns 21, and fined $250.

He was accused of selling drugs to students at Springboro High School, including LSD allegedly purchased with Bitcoin, an on-line currency that his mother purchased for him with a credit or debit card.

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Before the no-contest plea, his lawyer Kevin Hughes urged Judge Joe Kirby to suppress statements made to police and agents of the Warren County Drug Task Force and a search warrant supporting a raid of the Panzeca home in Settler’s Walk planned community.

Copies of both motions are included with the appeal filed with the court.

The charge came after a raid last May of the Panzeca home in the Settler’s Walk planned community in Springboro, culminating an investigation in which kids were questioned after being stopped by police after leaving the home.

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Amy Panzeca, 48, is pressing for the identity of confidential informants in her case and suppression of statements to police. A suppression hearing is scheduled for Feb. 28 in court in Lebanon.

No dates have been set yet in her son’s appeal in the state appeals court in Middletown.

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