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NC student accused of tainting teacher’s drink

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Charles Ronald Hart Aschenauer (Chatham Co. Sheriff's Office)

BEAR CREEK, N.C. — Authorities have filed a felony charge against a student at a Chatham County high school after surveillance video showed him tampering with a teacher’s drink.

Charles Ronald Hart Aschenauer, 16, of Gulf, is charged with felonious distribution of certain prohibited foods, according to the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday.

Staff Sgt. Michael A. Szpunar said he reviewed surveillance video footage and saw Aschenauer first spitting into the bottle last Friday at Chatham Central High School, then adding the lubricant oil about 20 minutes later. The teacher became ill after drinking from the bottle on Monday.

Chatham County Schools spokeswoman Beth McCullough said Aschenauer has been disciplined by the school, but she didn’t elaborate.

Credit: The Associated Press.

Aschenauer is free on an unsecured bond. It wasn’t known if Aschenauer had an attorney.