Nicholas deSpoelberch, the dean of New York City's Regis High School who was charged with possession of narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal storage of narcotics, has yet to enter a plea.

He was scheduled to appear on Thursday, but his arraignment was continued to Sept. 10.

DeSpoelberch, 35, of 44 Philips Lane, Darien, was arrested at 8:53 p.m. July 11 in Wilton on drug charges after a patrol officer noticed an occupied vehicle parked near a commercial business for an extended period of time.

He was found to be asleep behind the wheel, said Wilton police. He told police that he was not feeling well and produced eight pills of a prescription medication, which were not in their original container as required by law, according to the report. Upon checking the interior of the vehicle, the officer discovered three folds of paper, which contained suspected heroin as well as three syringes and two spoons, said police.

Regis High School, which is in its 100th year, is a private all-boys Jesuit school on the Upper East Side.

Following the arrest, the school issued a statement, which noted that deSpoelberch has been suspended upon further investigation.

"On Tuesday, Regis High School became aware of the July 11th arrest of Nicholas deSpoelberch, who serves as the school's Dean of Students. Regis High School is just now learning about the allegations against Mr. deSpoelberch, and takes those charges very seriously. Regis has zero tolerance for such activities.";203-330-6583;@Meg_DarienNews

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