3 school leaders appear on drug charges; 5 others placed on leave
ANTIGO (WAOW) -- Five school officials have now been placed on paid administrative leave, and three other men face felony drug charges.
This is part of a major drug investigation spanning several counties.
One of those charged, John Lund, is an Antigo elementary school principal and high school football coach. Lund made his first appearance in court Monday. He faces eight felony counts. Police say he admitted he delivered marijuana to his friends.
One of those friends, police say, is Scot Peterson, a former longtime Antigo football coach. He now faces 25 felony drug charges.
Lund's brother-in-law, Bradley Maahs, faces three counts. According to police, Maahs told authorities he sold marijuana to "get child support off his back."
Newsline 9 tried to get comment from each of the three men charged, but neither they nor their attorneys had any comment.
Langlade County Sheriff Bill Greening says he's never seen anything like this investigation.
"As we got into the investigation, it kind of mushroomed, so to speak," said Greening. "The people that were named and are involved from the school district, that was surprising and disappointing."
This investigation also includes several other school officials in Antigo and Merrill. Five people have been put on paid administrative leave, but they have not been charged. Four of those placed on leave work in Antigo: Joe Adams, a high school special education teacher; Mark Incha, a learning disabilities teacher; Jeff Neufeld, director of the aquatic center; and Dan Witman, an elementary physical education teacher.
Jay Peterson, a Merrill middle school teacher and coach, has also been placed on paid administrative leave. He teaches at Prairie River Middle School and is also a coach at Merrill. Peterson has not been charged.
With much of this investigation focused on the Antigo School District, leaders there released a statement saying, "We recognize that this is a difficult time for our community. Our goal is to remain focused on providing our students with an excellent education."
Sheriff Greening said there's no evidence any students were involved.
"We do not have any information or have not received any information that any of the alleged illegal activities have either occurred on any school campuses or school grounds, nor did they involve any students," said Greening.
Officers are still questioning people. Greening says he doesn't know how long the investigation will take, but he expects more charges will be filed.