A supervisor for the state child abuse hotline and her boyfriend have been accused of possessing more than four pounds of marijuana within reach of three young children.
Kristen Trapalis, 29, and Richard Dickenson, 39, both of of 604 S. Holmes St., were each charged with one count of second-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a felony, along with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, misdemeanors.
The couple is accused of possessing the marijuana, much of it out in the open in their home, within reach of the children, ages 4 and 6 years and 7 months, Glenville police said.
Police said they searched the home Tuesday after an investigation was launched in response to tips from neighbors. Neighbors reported excessive traffic to the home and possible hand-to-hand sales, police said.
Dickenson was arrested Tuesday evening, just after he left the home with the three children, police said. Two of the children are his, while the third is Trapalis’.
Trapalis denied knowing the marijuana was there, her attorney said late this afternoon, while Dickenson’s attorney questioned how authorities could prove the marijuana belonged to his client.
An official with the state Office of Children and Family service confirmed Trapalis was employed by the agency but has been placed on administrative leave, pending an investigation.