For allegedly attempting to purchase drugs from students, a former St. Charles High School teacher has been charged with four counts of narcotics solicitation and attempted drug possession.
According to charging documents prepared by Master Cpl. Selkirk of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, an arrest warrant for 47-year-old De’Etta Michelle Winemiller was issued June 13 and served June 20. Winemiller, a resident of Great Mills, allegedly approached a student at the high school on May 17 about obtaining “percs,” or Percocet. The student told Selkirk they referred Winemiller to another pupil who could potentially help her obtain the drugs.
When Selkirk visited the school May 22, the report says, the student Winemiller was allegedly referred to spoke about the alleged incident, as did the student she had originally approached. That day, they said, the original student the teacher approached asked the other if they knew anyone who “has ‘anything’ but not ‘weed,’” at which point Winemiller allegedly interjected and said, “It’s for me.”
“Winemiller then said she needed Percocet and needed it that day,” the report says. Winemiller is accused of having repeatedly texted the student about acquiring the pills after the initial conversation.
The same day as the interview with the students, Selkirk wrote, Winemiller was also interviewed. In the interview, she allegedly confessed to asking the students to help her obtain Percocet and “said she is ashamed of herself and knows she really needs help.”
By email Friday morning, Charles public schools’ spokeswoman Katie O’Malley Simpson confirmed that Winemiller taught at the school but is now “a former employee.”
Winemiller was ordered held on a $1,500 unsecured personal bond, which online court records indicate was posted Thursday. A district court trial is scheduled Aug. 6.