Regis High School Dean Facing Heroin Possession Charges, Cops Say
UPPER EAST SIDE — The dean of a prestigious Catholic high school on the Upper East Side was arrested last week in Connecticut for heroin possession, cops said.
Nicholas J. deSpoelberch, dean of students at Regis High School at 55 E. 84th St., was arrested July 11 on charges of narcotics possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, and retaining prescriptions pills outside of their original container, according to a police report.
The Darien Times reported, officers from the Wilton Police Department found deSpoelberch asleep in a car parked in the middle of a dead end street around 10 p.m. last Thursday. A search of his car allegedly turned up multiple packages of heroin, drug paraphernalia, Oxycodone and Clonidine pills, according to the paper.
Regis, a competitive all-boys Jesuit college preparatory high school, has suspended deSpoelberch "pending further investigation," according to a statement on its website Tuesday.
"Regis High School is just now learning about the allegations against Mr. deSpoelberch, and takes those charges very seriously," the statement reads. "Regis has zero tolerance for such activities."
The president of the school, Father Philip Judge, notified parents and school alumni of the charges in an e-mail that was sent out on Tuesday.
"I ask that your prayers remain with the deSpoelberch family as they cope with this difficult matter," he wrote.