Newport teacher charged for drinking beer at school

NEWPORT, Pa. (WHTM) – A Newport High School teacher told police he drank several beers before school and had two or three more in his classroom before he was found asleep at his desk this week, according to charging documents.

Cory L. Bell, 49, of Liverpool, was charged Thursday with nine counts of endangering the welfare of children, one for each minor child in his class, and one count of public drunkenness, the criminal complaint states.

Bell was taken into police custody Tuesday afternoon after administrators said they found him passed out at his desk.

In the complaint, police said they found four empty cans of Michelob Ultra on the floor of Bell’s office in the photo lab and machine shop area of the school and a fast food restaurant cup partially filled with beer on his desk. The empty cans had condensation and were cool to the touch, police wrote.

Bell smelled of alcohol, his speech was slow, and his eyes were glassy and bloodshot, police said. A breath test showed he had a blood-alcohol content of .084 percent. He also told troopers he had taken prescribed drugs that morning, according to the complaint.

Bell, a vocational teacher employed at the school for more than 20 years, was supposed to be supervising students in the machine shop. He has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation and is banned from the school grounds indefinitely.

He told ABC27 News that he has been advised not to comment on the matter.

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