A highly regarded New York City elementary school principal was caught attempting to smuggle heroin into a state prison. Sadie Silver, 40, of Brooklyn was arrested while trying to smuggle heroin and prescription pills into the Coxsackie Correctional Facility July 18. Another man, Michael Acosta, 34, was also arrested with Silver. The two were charged with promoting prison contraband and possession of a controlled substance. They were also charged with endangering the welfare of a child, since they had a 10-year-old girl with them when they were caught.
According to New York State Police Major Patrick Regan, the two had arranged a visit with an inmate at the all-male facility, just south of Albany. The pair were released on bond and face two felony and one misdemeanor charge if convicted. Silver was put on administrative leave following the incident but will continue to draw her salary of $129,920 while the matter is sorted out.
Silver was featured in a 2012 article that told her story of going from being a teen mom to earning two master’s degrees and becoming a principal. She has been praised by parents and the school board alike for her work and has received numerous accolades. Family members interviewed by local news sources expressed surprise at the beloved teacher’s arrest.
According to family members, Acosta is Silver’s boyfriend and the child they were arrested with is Silver’s daughter. Silver has worked in the New York City Department of Education since 1996.
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