NUNDA—The Keshequa Central School music teacher who was arrested last Tuesday on drug and theft charges has since been arrested again on similar charges.
Danielle Conner-Willowglade, 30, of Greece, was arrested on March 18 for allegedly stealing musical instruments from the school and selling them at Rochester pawn shops. Connor-Willowglade was arrested again on March 19 in Monroe County with one count of third degree criminal possession of stolen property and one count of seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Conner-Willowglade, who was the music teacher at Keshequa Elementary, Middle and High Schools, allegedly involved her boyfriend Nicholas Bump who was arrested by State Police last Tuesday and is facing similar charges.
Bump, 32, was charged in Monroe County with one count of third degree criminal possession of stolen property and one count of seventh degree criminal possession of stolen property.
Keshequa superintendent Donald Covell issued a statement stating Conner-Willowglade has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation.
“This is a significant and important personal matter about which the district cannot comment,” Covell said in his statement.
In the mean time, a former Keshequa District employee will be serving as a substitute for Conner-Willowglade for the remainder of the school year, according to Covell.
The New York State Police, who are handling the investigation, allege that Conner-Willowglade admitted to taking up to 50 instruments from the school in an effort to gain cash due to a heroin addiction.
Students whose instruments were stolen had to foot the cost and risked losing grade points for each day they showed up to class without their instrument.
Conner-Willowglade was stopped during a routine traffic violation on March 5 which ss when the Trooper saw a tuba in the backseat. Conner-Willowglade stated she was a music teacher from Keshequa and was heading to Rochester.
The trooper was suspicious of her, mainly because the instrument was not in a case. State Police investigators notified the district and launched an inventory check in the school.
This investigation involved uniform troopers from the Rochester and Geneseo barracks, and investigators from the CNET Western Region and the Geneseo barracks.