NYC high school dean of students arrested in Wilton for heroin possession
On Thursday, July 11, Nicholas J. deSpoelberch, of Darien, was arrested for possession of narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, and retaining prescriptions pills outside of their original container.
Mr. deSpoelberch is the dean of students at Regis High School, in New York City. The school's website lists him as a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, and the College of New Rochelle.
According to their website, “Regis High School offers a tuition free Jesuit college preparatory education to Roman Catholic young men from the New York metropolitan area who demonstrate superior intellectual and leadership potential. In the admissions process, special consideration is given to those who cannot otherwise afford a Catholic education.”
At approximately 10:00 p.m. on July 11, police observed a 2005 Nissan Altima parked in the middle of the road on Old Highway Road, a dead-end street. At 10:30 p.m., after the car had not moved, police investigated and found the car turned off, and the driver – Mr. deSpoelberch - asleep.
Upon waking Mr. deSpoelberch, the officer noticed that he was clearly under the influence of drugs or alcohol. He had glassy eyes, and was talking unusually slow, police said.
The suspect admitted to the officer that he was under the influence of medication, and noted that he was in possession of pills not prescribed to him. A further search of the suspect’s vehicle turned up multiple packages of heroin, five 10 mg Oxycodone pills, four .1 mg Clonidine pills, and drug paraphernalia.
The suspect was arrested for possession of narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, and retaining prescriptions pills outside of their original container. He was released on a $2,500 bond, and is expected in court on Monday, July 22.
Regis High School is considered one of the most selective in New York City. According to its website, its students' "performance on the Regis entrance examination [places them] well within the top ten percent of the nation’s students of [their] age group."