NEW LEXINGTON — A former teacher and coach at New Lexington High School entered a not guilty plea last Friday following his arrest on felony drug charges in 2019.

Dustin Addington, 37, of New Lexington, is facing a host of felony charges as a result of a December 2019 investigation by the Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force and the Perry County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation alleges that Addington conspired in the transport and subsequent distribution of heroin in New Lexington from August 2019 to December 2019.

Appearing before Judge Tina Boyer in the Perry County Common Pleas courtroom, Addington entered a not guilty pleas to the following charges:

• Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a first-degree felony with a forfeiture specification;

• Complicity to trafficking in heroin, a second-degree felony with a forfeiture specification;

• Possession of heroin, a second-degree felony with a forfeiture specification;

• Tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony with a forfeiture specification;

• Possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.

Addington, a graduate of New Lexington High School, was a teacher and basketball coach there for eight years from 2007 to 2016.

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