A former middle school counselor at Lafayette's Peak to Peak Charter School who specializes in treating substance abuse has pleaded guilty to drug charges in Minnesota, according to school officials.
Parents of children at the school received an e-mail Wednesday from school officials notifying them that Emily Slechta, who worked as a counselor at the school for 15 months, accepted a plea agreement with Minnesota prosecutors on Nov. 28.
According to the school, Slechta was facing charges that included selling 10 grams or more of cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine, possession of 25 grams or more of the same types of drugs, selling marijuana and possessing a controlled substance.
Slechta pleaded guilty to possessing a controlled substance in exchange for a deferred judgment, according to the district. If she completes the terms of her agreement, all of the charges against her will be dismissed, according to the letter.
According to the Peak to Peak website, Slechta was a full-time counselor and director of the middle school anti-bully program.
She is a licensed professional counselor with a master's degree in clinical/counseling psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Illinois State University in 2004 and specializes in social and emotional disorders, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, family therapy and substance abuse.
State law requires parental notification when a school employee is arrested or charged with a crime.