Keene High School teacher arrested following drug investigation


Diane F. Delisle

KEENE -- A Keene High School teacher has been arrested following tips from high school staff that she was abusing drugs while at the school.

Diane F. Delisle, 54, of Butterfield Hill Road in Westmoreland has been charged with felony falsifying physical evidence. Police allege she removed, with the help of another person, a cut off straw, pill grinder and small bag of white powder from the high school with the intent of impairing a police investigation. Delisle, police allege, did so believing that the Keene Police Department was about to institute a controlled drug investigation at the Keene High School.

The investigation began on Aug. 24 when co-workers reported to police that they suspected Delisle was abusing drugs.

These same witnesses reported to police that they had seen “specifically a cut off straw, a pill grinder and small bag of white powder in her possession while she was at work at the school.”

When police interviewed Delisle she agreed to allow a search of her purse and guided police to her parked vehicle. Police are alleging, however, that while doing so she simultaneously arranged for someone through text messages to remove her purse from its actual location, which was in her classroom.

Police continued to investigate Delisle using information through witness interviews, checking surveillance footage and eventually obtaining and executing a search warrant for Delisle’s phone records.

Investigators took their finding to the Keene District Court Wednesday and obtained an arrest warrant for Delisle charging her with one felony count of falsifying physical evidence.

Delisle turned herself at the Keene police station. She was arraigned in district court and released on $10,000 personal recognizance bond. She is scheduled to appear before the Cheshire Superior Court on Nov. 3 for arraignment.

Police are asking anyone with information about the case to contact Det. Joel Chidester with the Keene Police Department at 603-357-9820.

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