A 43-year-old guidance counselor at a Montgomery County high school pleaded innocent in D.C. Superior Court yesterday to two drug charges following his arrest Sunday night for alleged possession of a tablet of the drug preludin and a syringe filed with an unidentified liquid.
Legrand Wynton Boyette, a counselor and assistant football coach at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, also pleaded innocent to a bail violation for his failure to appear in Superior Court last October on three additional drug charges. All the drug charges are misdemeanors.
Boyette, who has been employed by the Montgomery County School system for 12 years, was released from court custody late yesterday afternoon after he posted a $500 cash bond, court officials said. Judge Robert Scott scheduled a hearing on both drug cases for Jan. 31.
Montgomery County school officials said yesterday that Boyette was placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation by the school system's personnel office. According to court records, Boyette has lived at 6636 Georgia Ave. NW for the past month.
Boyette, who has a doctorate in education from George Washington University, began work for the Montgomery County schools in 1966 as a physical education teacher and later worked at Hoover Junior High School and Magruder High School as a counselor. After a teaching sabbatical in 1973 in the Philippines, he joined the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School staff as a guidance counselor according to school records.
According to court records, Boyette was arrested on Aug. 16 in the 2000 block of 11th Street NW and charged with one drug possession violation and two counts of obtaining a narcotic drug unlawfully. Following yesterday's hearing, Judge Scott ordered Boyette to undergo narcotics testing.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Cary Feldman also disclosed at the hearing that Boyette was also arrested in the District for a narcotics violation two weeks prior to the August incident. Feldman told Judge Scott however that no charges were brought in connection with that arrest after Boyette agreed to cooperate with police.
Boyette, who told the court yesterday that he earns $22,000 a year, was arrested at 8:40 p.m. Sunday in the 1300 block of U Street NW after a police officer stopped him for a minor traffic violation. Police said yesterday that the contents of the syringe found during the arrest have been sent to Drug Enforcement Administration laboratories for analysis.
During the hearing yesterday, Boyette said his absence from the court in October was due to a breakdown in communication with his attorney and the court.
Boyette is one of four fulltime guidance counselors at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School who advise students on school curriculum, personal matters and career goals.
Boyette worked after school hours this season as an assistant football coach and had a "rare enthusiasm" for the game, head football coach Peter Menke said. Boyette has also worked as a ticket taker at varsity basketball games.