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Elementary school teacher arrested for growing marijuana

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Kristen and Robert Dergosits were accused of growing marijuana in their Manchester apartment. (Manchester police photo) Kristen and Robert Dergosits were accused of growing marijuana in their Manchester apartment. (Manchester police photo)
Ribbon Mill Apartments  is where police arrested Kirsten Dergosits and her husband, Robert Dergosits, on April 23. Ribbon Mill Apartments is where police arrested Kirsten Dergosits and her husband, Robert Dergosits, on April 23.
Kristen Dergosits is a teacher at the Robertson Elementary School. (Manchester police photo) Kristen Dergosits is a teacher at the Robertson Elementary School. (Manchester police photo)
MANCHESTER, CT (WFSB) -

An investigation into a serious assault in Manchester ended with the arrest of a teacher and her husband, who are accused of running a drug factory.

Police arrested Kirsten Dergosits and her husband, Robert Dergosits, on April 23.

Officials with Manchester Public Schools confirmed to Eyewitness News that Kirsten Dergosits was a teacher at Robertson Elementary School.

The East Central Narcotics Taskforce executed a search warrant at the Ribbon Mill Apartments on Pine Street in Manchester.

Court documents show when officers went to the home last week, they smelled pot. Officers asked Kirsten Dergosits about it.

"The marijuana was her friends and that she had smoked it all," Kirsten Dergosits said, according to court documents.

Documents also show the apartment's building manager noticed something suspicious after the couple was getting frequent packages from California.

"Robert started receiving packages in the mail six months ago and that he receives them every three to four weeks," the superintendent told police, according to court documents.

The building's superintendent told police he tried to go into the apartment to do maintenance work. 

"Kirsten and Robert are extremely protective of the apartment and will not allow him (the superintendent) inside," according to court documents.

On April 23, investigators said the warrant was initiated after police were called to investigate an assault involving a baseball bat. The victim of the assault was Robert Dergosits, who in his mug shot had a bruised and swollen eye.

Officers said they uncovered a marijuana growing operation inside the apartment.

They seized 3.5 pounds of pot, which they estimated to be worth $12,000.

They also took marijuana packaging material, smoking paraphernalia, growing equipment, nine marijuana plants and 13 seedlings. Approximately 22 grams of methamphetamine was taken as well along with $4,306 in cash.

A television, several cell phones and a Mac computer were seized.

After the arrest, Kristen Dergosits, who has been a  teacher with the Manchester School District since 2005, was immediately placed on administrative leave, according to school officials.

School officials said it's a personnel matter and they aren't discussing it any further.

Some parents told Eyewitness News they were stunned, while others said they were on Dergosits' side and added she was a good teacher.

"She always put her kids first," said one parent, who wished not to be identified.

"These allegations are hefty," said another parent. "I know, we were shocked."

Kristen Dergosits was charged with possession of more than 4 ounces of marijuana, cultivation of marijuana, operating a drug factory, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia within 1500 feet of a school, possession of drugs within 1500 feet of a school, possession with intent to sell within 1500 feet of a school and possession of narcotics.

Robert Dergostis faced similar charges.

Both were released on a $150,000 surety bond. Both are expected to be in court next month.

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