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Prosecutors expect to file formal charges Thursday against Charlestown teacher

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---Although 56-year-old Kevin Hennegan faced several preliminary charges from police on December 21, it will all be up to the Clark County, Indiana prosecutor to decide which they will pursue.

Clark County prosecutor Jeremy Mull says they expect to do that Thursday morning.

Nearly two weeks after Hennegan was arrested at Charlestown Middle School on drug charges, his arrest is still the talk of the community.

"The day it happened it was all over Facebook. All over everything," says Lexi Bryant, one of Hennegan's former students.

"I thought he was a great guy. Great teacher. My daughter had him and he did wonders for her," says Kasey Dunn.

Hennegan is a Social Studies teacher who has worked for the Greater Clark County school district since 1990.

But, according to a police report, when an unlabeled pill bottle containing marijuana was found in the school's main office, the focus turned to Hennegan.

The report says video surveillance caught the bottle falling out of his pocket. Police say Hennegan told them that he found the bottle in his classroom and planned to talk to the assistant principal after school.

The report also says police found 13,000 dollars in his desk that he stated was for a friend in financial trouble, drug paraphernalia in a bag, marijuana stems in a family member's vehicle, and 28 grams of marijuana at his home.

He has been suspended with pay.

While Charlestown Middle School students will return to class on Monday, school officials say at this point Kevin Hennegan will not.

As administrators also look into the situation, the case is expected to move forward on Thursday.

Hennegan was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, and maintaining a common nuisance, but prosecutors will soon decide which charges they will pursue.

Parents and students are curious to see what happens.

"I think maybe the consequences need to be taken for what he did, but overall he's a great guy. It doesn't change my attitude about him," says Kasey Dunn.

Hennegan is out of jail on bond, and is awaiting an upcoming court date. His family did not want to comment for this story.

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