Dean of Catholic School Facing Heroin Charges

Nicolas deSpolberch, of Darien, is the dean of students at Regis High School in New York.

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    Nicholas deSpoelberch has been charged with drug possession.

    Wilton police have arrested the 35-year-old dean of students at a prestigious New York City school after finding him with several bags of heroin and drug paraphernalia in a car stopped in the middle of the street, police said.

    Police said Nicholas J. deSpoelberch, 35, of Phillips Lane in Darien, was stopped in the middle of Old Highway Extension in Wilton at 8:30 p.m. on July 11 when police stopped to investigate.

    They found several bags of heroin, drug paraphernalia and pills in a plastic bag, police said.

    deSpoelberch is the dean of students at Regis High School, according to the school's website. 

    A person who answered the phone at the Catholic school in Manhattan on Wednesday, had no information on deSpoelberch's arrest or his status at the school, but the school later posted a statement on its Web site.

    "On Tuesday, Regis High School became aware of the July 11th arrest of Nicholas deSpoelberch, who serves as the school’s Dean of Students. Regis High School is just now learning about the allegations against Mr. deSpoelberch, and takes those charges very seriously. Regis has zero tolerance for such activities. Mr. deSpoelberch has been suspended pending further investigation," the statement says.

    deSpoelberch was charged with possession of narcotics, drug paraphernalia and retention of pills in original container.

    Bond was set at $2,500 and deSpoelberch is due in court on July 22.

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