Springboro boy to enter plea in drug case involving teacher mother

4:57 p.m Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 Crime
The 16-year-old son of Springboro teacher Amy Panzeca is shown during an earlier juvenile court hearing in the case stemming from a drug raid at their home in May. On Monday, his lawyer met privately with the judge and a plea hearing was scheduled. STAFF

The 16-year-old son of a long-time Springboro school teacher accused of drug-related charges at their home is to enter a plea and be sentenced in Warren County Juvenile Court on Wednesday, Dec. 13.

The case stems from a raid on their home in May by the Warren County Drug Task Force.

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The boy, 16, is accused of trafficking in LSD to 25 to 30 Springboro High School students, as well as possession of the hallucinogenic and marijuana.

Teacher Amy Panzeca allegedly helped her son obtain the online currency Bitcoin used to purchase LSD, and she is charged with child endangering and contributing to the unruliness of a minor.

She is on leave from her job.

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The next hearing in her case is scheduled for Dec. 21 in Warren County Common Pleas Court.

Andrea Ostrowski, the lawyer representing the teacher, has filed a motion to have the boy’s statements to the agent suppressed in her case and to reveal the identity of a confidential informant who assisted in the case.

They were charged after a May 19 raid of their home in Springboro.

On Monday in Warren County Juvenile Court, her son’s lawyer, Kevin Hughes, met privately with Judge Joe Kirby, who overuled the motion to suppress use of the boy’s statements to police in prosecution of his case.

Over objections from prosecutors, the judge has permitted mother and son to be alone together for three hours one day a week while his grandmother is visiting a relative in hospice.

Mother and son are both free while awaiting trial.

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