Prosecutors say a woman living with her husband teacher in a fourth-floor apartment inside Butte Central High School gave a 14-year-old boy living with them and his friend marijuana.
They have charged Amy James Kadrmas, 43, with two felony counts of criminal distribution of dangerous drugs on or near school property for that and two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly encouraging the two youths to use alcohol and cigarettes.
The husband, Butte Central High School math teacher Brad Kadrmas, has been put on paid administrative leave and the couple was asked to move out of the apartment in December when the allegations surfaced and did so, said Butte Central Schools President Don Peoples Jr.
“We have cooperated fully with the investigation and obviously our number one concern is the safety and welfare of our kids,” Peoples said Friday.
A message was left Friday at the law office of Kevin Vainio, a Butte attorney now representing Amy Kadrmas, seeking comment.
The felony distribution charges against Amy Kadrmas each carry minimum sentences of three years in prison with a maximum of life and fine up to $50,000. The misdemeanor counts are punishable by up to six months in jail and fine up to $500.
Police arrested Amy Kadrmas on Dec. 6 following an investigation that began after officials with Butte Central called police. Sheriff Ed Lester declined to provide more details at the time, saying more would be revealed in charging documents.
Those were filed this week and in them, prosecutors say a Butte Central official called Lester on Nov. 21 to say they had heard from the mother of a 14-year-old Butte Central student. The mother said her son had received suspicious text messages from Amy Kadrmas.
The Kadrmas’ and a 14-year-old boy were living in a dormitory area at the high school that had housed foreign exchange students in the past, and the other boy visited them there.
Among other things, there were text messages regarding the guest boy smoking cigarettes and getting them from Kadrmas. He told police later he got cigarettes from her as well as drugs, had smoked marijuana with his friend at the apartment and had gotten beers there.
Police detectives went to the apartment and spoke to Amy Kadrmas on Nov. 28 and she initially denied having anything to do with alcohol, cigarettes or drugs in relation to both boys, prosecutors say in charging documents.
She then said she never bought cigarettes for the visiting boy but was aware he was coming over to smoke and didn’t have a problem with it. She denied giving him alcohol but knew he consumed alcohol at their place, prosecutors said.
She said she and her husband believed it was better to teach the boy living with them how to smoke marijuana responsibly, such as not smoking too much, but didn’t know where he got it.
The detective “then said it that he found it hard to believe she would leave a 14-year-old to find his own marijuana,” the charging document stated.
Kadrmas then admitted she calls a friend in Dillon, gets some ‘buds,’ and gives them to him, but said she didn’t know where the other boy got his marijuana.
Brad Kadrmas told police he had no knowledge of the boys smoking cigarettes or marijuana at the residence or the guest boy drinking beer there.
“Brad stated several times that he is a teacher and would not jeopardize his career,” the charging document says.
He also denied any knowledge of the boy living with them actually smoking marijuana but had “spoken with him in the past about how to use marijuana properly and if he wanted to smoke marijuana it would be under his supervision.”
Amy Kadrmas has been free on $50,000 bond since two days after her arrest in December. She has been scheduled for arraignment twice but Vainio has gotten continuances on them. It is now scheduled for this coming Wednesday.
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