High School Coach Takes Drugs with Students


Monday, March 19th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


MOORESTOWN, N.J. (AP) -- A high school basketball coach was
charged with smoking marijuana with four students before a state
playoff game.
Adrian Matthew, a physical education teacher who coaches the
boys' varsity at Lenape High School, was arrested Saturday at his
home in Moorestown. Pat Milich, a district spokeswoman, on Sunday
said Matthew has been suspended with pay.
Authorities said Matthew attended a pregame meal with his team
on Feb. 28, then invited the students, a 15-year-old boy, a
16-year-old girl and two 17-year-old girls, to his home.
Police would not comment on the relationship of the unidentified
students to the team.
Matthew is accused of getting marijuana from his bedroom and
smoking it with the students. He then drove them to Lenape for the
game against Cherry Hill High School East, which Lenape lost 47-43.
Moorestown police filed drug possession and distribution charges
against Matthew after they allegedly found marijuana and Ecstasy, a
mind-altering drug, at his home. Medford police have charged
Matthew with four counts of luring or enticing children.
Milich said the four students will not be disciplined by the
district, but they will have to attend drug counseling.