Former teacher sentenced for selling pot at Tallwood High

Christopher James Brydge, a Virginia Beach high school teacher, was arrested and charged with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, sale of narcotics on or near school property, and possession of a controlled substance (photo by the VBPD).

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A former teacher at Tallwood High School will spend three years behind bars for selling pot to another teacher on school grounds.

On Wednesday, Circuit Court Judge H. Thomas Padrick Jr. sentenced 41-year-old Christopher James Brydge for possession of heroin, possession with intent to distribute marijuana between 1/2 oz and 5 pounds, and possess/distribute marijuana on school property.

These are charges Brydge pleaded guilty to on June 17, according to Macie Pridgen with the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Virginia Beach.

Pridgen said the Commonwealth’s evidence proves Brydge, while employed as an orchestra teacher, was discovered with drugs and drug paraphernalia in his office at Tallwood High School, November 5, 2013.

An assistant principal smelled marijuana and told the school resource officer, who traced the smell to Brydge’s office. Marijuana, a scale, packaging material, a black case containing heroin, hypodermic needles, a burnt spoon and a lighter were found in the office.

Investigators with the Virginia Beach Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit interviewed Brydge, who confessed to distributing marijuana and possessing heroin. Pridgen said the investigation revealed more marijuana at his home, and a drug transaction between Brydge and another teacher, during school hours, on school property.

Judge Padrick’s sentence highly exceeds the Virginia State Sentencing Guidelines, which would have Brydge serve no more than three months in jail.

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