Darien man, dean of NYC school, charged with heroin possession

Nicholas J. deSpoelberch

Nicholas J. deSpoelberch

Wednesday 9:15 a.m. — A Darien man who served as the dean of an all-boy Catholic high school has been suspended by Regis High School following his arrest for possession of narcotics in Wilton last week.
The following email was sent out to the Regis community from President Philip Judge at 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, after the arrest of Nicholas J. deSpoelberch was reported by media:

Dear Members of the Regis Community,

I am saddened to inform you that on Tuesday, Regis High School became aware of the July 11th arrest of Nicholas deSpoelberch, who serves as the school’s Dean of Students. We just learned and have confirmed Mr. deSpoelberch was arrested by Connecticut police for possession of narcotics. Regis takes those charges very seriously. We have zero tolerance for such activities, and as such Mr. deSpoelberch has been suspended pending further investigation.

As you can imagine, our knowledge of the situation is limited. But we will do our best to keep you informed of any updates. Until then, I ask that your prayers remain with the deSpoelberch family as they cope with this difficult matter.

Philip Judge, S.J. ’80

Tuesday 2:40 p.m. — A Darien man who is dean of students at a New York City school was arrested in Wilton for possession of narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, and retaining prescriptions pills outside of their original container on Thursday, July 11.

Nicholas J. deSpoelberch is dean of students at Regis High School. The school’s website lists him as a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, and the College of New Rochelle.

At approximately 10 p.m., Wilton Police saw 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 – deSpoelberch – asleep.

Upon waking deSpoelberch, the officer noticed that he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. He had glassy eyes, and was talking unusually slow, police said.

deSpoelberch 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, according to police. A further search of the his vehicle turned up multiple packages of heroin, five 10-milligram Oxycodone pills, four 0.1-milligram Clonidine pills, and drug paraphernalia.

deSpoelberch 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 has court on Monday, July 22.

According to its 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.”

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