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Music Teacher busted again
Irondequoit, N.Y. --- On Friday, a Keshequa Central School District music teacher was arrested for a third time in four days.
This time criminal charges were filed in Irondequoit that accuse Daniele Conner-Willowglade, 30, of pawning 24 stolen musical instruments at the Hollywood Treasures Pawn Shop on East Ridge Road. The 3rd Degree Criminal Possession of Stolen Property charge states that she, did take 24 musical instruments owned by the Keshequa Central School Districtand (sold) themon 22 occasions between January 2013 and March 2014.
In open court on Friday the judge, state police, and lawyers discussed Conner-Willowglades alleged Heroin habit when considering her bail. 13WHAM News also uncovered court paperwork showing that she was arrested in October 2013 for possession of Heroin and possession of a hypodermic needle.
3 Arrests since Tuesday
On Tuesday morning Conner-Willowglade was teaching students at the Keshequa School District. By Friday afternoon the music teacher was in Monroe County Jail after three separate arrests by New York State Police.
"She was arrested on the Livingston County charges Tuesday afternoon, State Police Investigator Christopher Burns told 13WHAM News on Thursday. She made bail Tuesday night, Wednesday morning she was re-arrested in Monroe County on those charges and found to possess heroin again, Wednesday morning.
On Friday morning 13WHAM News cameras captured video of Conner-Willowglade in handcuffs and on her way to Irondequoit Town Court for yet another arraignment on criminal charges.
In Rochester City Court on Wednesday the 30 year-old music teacher was charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property and accused of pawning stolen musical instruments at West Ridge Traders Pawn Shop on 18 different occasions between February 2013 and January 2014.
As noted above, the Irondequoit charges link Conner-Willowglade to 24 stolen musical instruments. In Livingston County she faces a Grand Larceny charge.
Following her arrest on school grounds Tuesday afternoon, State Police recovered a French Horn that was discovered by family members in the trunk of a rental car she drove to work that day.
Co-defendant Nicholas Bump was also arrested by State Police on Tuesday and faces similar charges in all three of these jurisdictions.
In Court on Friday
In open court on Friday Irondequoit Town Justice Patrick Russi weighed a number of factors before assigning a bail amount to Conner-Willowglade. Among the factors were concern for her own personal safety as well as the communitys safety.
Judge Russi heard from a state police investigator who said Conner-Willowglade admits having a $200-per-day Heroin habit. The investigator asked the court to consider a $15,000 bail given her employment situation, the public media attention she is now getting, and out of concern for her safety and public safety.
I feel the only way she is going to be safe is if she is forced into a rehabilitation program, Investigator Stephen Happ said in court.
While Conner-Willowglades lawyer, a public defender, objected to those arguments and said these are not factors that should be considered at bail, the judge noted his concerns for the record.
(There is a) rampant problem that is going around about Heroin usesometimes drug addiction and use can cause people to commit crimes, Judge Russi said in open court. If I feel there is somebody in front of me who could potentially commit crimesthe people that put me up here (on the bench) would not want me to ignore that.
In the end the judge set bail at $1,000 cash and $2,000 bond.
State police noted that members of Conner-Willowglades family where in court prepared to speak in support of the initial bail request of $15,000. Those family members declined comment to 13WHAM News but displayed genuine concern for Conner-Willowglades safety throughout the afternoon in court.
October 2013 Heroin Arrest
13WHAM News also uncovered paperwork on file at the Rochester City Court Clerks Office that describes an October 21, 2013 arrest. The paperwork shows Conner-Willowglade was arrested around 8:41 p.m. on Joseph Avenue in the city. She was accused of possessing four baggies containing approximately .6 grams of heroin as well as a hypodermic needle.
The exact status of those charges is not immediately known.
13WHAM News reached out to the Keshequa Central School District to learn if they knew of Conner-Willowglades October arrest. Calls and emails were not immediately returned.