State police and the Cumberland County District Attorney issued a joint statement on Friday regarding a drug-related charge filed against a Boiling Springs wrestling coach earlier this week.
State police in Carlisle found drug paraphernalia at the home of Rodney A. Wright, 44, of South Middleton Township, on Jan. 14 after receiving an anonymous tip. Wright is the head wrestling coach and drivers’ education teacher for Boiling Springs High School.
“The Pennsylvania State Police and the Office of the District Attorney do not target citizens based on status, occupation or perceived notoriety–nor do we avoid carrying out our duty based on those same reasons,” District Attorney David Freed and Lt. Jon Mays of the Carlisle State Police Barracks said in a joint statement.
Any person who charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty, they said in a release.
The following statement was released by Wright’s lawyer, John A. Abom, on Friday:
“I am deeply disappointed that a contentious divorce with my wife of 19 years has spilled out into the public spotlight and has led to these allegations. The students and athletes entrusted to my care have always been my greatest priority. I am grateful for the outpouring of support from friends, family and members of our school community. I intend to remain cooperative with the police. I look forward to clearing my name and having these charges dismissed.”
The school district declined to comment citing it as a personnel matter.