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Alex Morel

Alex Morel

A custodian for the Skaneateles Central School District was arrested last week and charged with selling cocaine.

According to an Oneida County District Attorney's Office spokeswoman, Alex Morel, 35, was picked up on warrant last Friday by the Oneida County Sheriff's Office at Skaneateles High School and accused of selling drugs in Oneida County in 2012.

Morel, of 4743 French Road, Clinton, was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felonies.

He was arraigned and later released from the Oneida County Jail on $5,000 bail.

The Skaneateles school district announced Monday that a probationary, non-instructional employee had been arrested. The district declined to identify the employee, stating that personnel issues are confidential.

In a statement, the district emphasized that the employee's alleged illegal activity was conducted outside of the region.

"Based on the information we have received from law enforcement and the individual's brief employment period with the district which started late this spring, we have no reason at this time to believe that any related activities took place on district grounds," the district wrote.

Lori Ruhlman, school information officer, said the employee's status will be evaluated at the close of his case.

According to the meeting minutes from a Skaneateles Board of Education meeting, Morel was appointed as a probationary custodial worker on July 17. The board agreed to pay him $12.20 per hour.

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Staff writer Samantha House can be reached at (315) 282-2282 or samantha.house@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter @Citizen_House.

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