A Foothill High School teacher is out on bail after being arrested Oct. 26 on drug charges.
Stephanie Deffner, 32, was arrested on Springtown Boulevard in Livermore at about 3:40 p.m., a police spokeswoman said. She was charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of being under the influence of a controlled substance, according to the spokeswoman.
Controlled substances include cocaine, heroin and prescription drugs such as codeine or hydrocodone, according to California state law.
Deffner, of Pleasanton, teaches economics and AP human geography, the study of the world, its people, communities and cultures.
While the district will not comment on specifics involving an individual, Bill Faraghan, assistant superintendent of human resources, issued this statement:
"All school district employees are fingerprinted prior to employment. In the event of an arrest, the school district receives a subsequent arrest
report from the Department of Justice. By law, the district is obligated to maintain the confidentiality of any arrest report received.
"An arrest is neither a charge nor a conviction. In our legal system there is a presumption of innocence until proven guilty. In some circumstances, the school district may determine to place an employee on administrative leave following an arrest pending the possible filing of charges or legal outcome of the arrest.
"Where an employee is charged with specified controlled substance or sexual offenses, the school district is required to place the employee on a mandatory leave of absence. Further,
convictions of specified controlled substance or sexual offenses prohibit employment with the school district."
Deffner was booked into Santa Rita Jail in Dublin and later released on $12,500 bail.