Former Central Catholic Counselor Waives Hearing on Drug Charges

Kelly Scherer, 36, is out of jail but is accused of selling heroin to an undercover cop.

A former Central Catholic High School guidance counselor is out of jail and has waived a preliminary hearing on heroin-related charges.

Last week, Kelly Scherer, 36, waived a preliminary hearing on charges of conspiracy; two counts of intent to possess a controlled substance; and four counts of manufacture, delivery or possession of a controlled substance before District Justice Thomas Caulfield.

Forest Hills police are accusing Scherer of dealing heroin and selling it to an undercover police officer from her Sumner Avenue apartment.

According to a criminal complaint filed by the Forest Hills Police Department, Scherer was being investigated back in 2011. A neighbor tipped off police, saying he suspected Scherer was dealing drugs from her apartment.

Forest Hills and Wilkins police officers conducted an undercover investigation on Sept. 23, 2011, after observing a drug deal between Scherer and another man. An undercover Wilkins officer then made arrangements to purchase heroin eight heroin stamp bags, and was directed to pick it up at Scherer's apartment, where she then made the transaction.

The incident occurred in 2011, but police issued a warrant for her arrest on Nov. 28. She was arrested on Nov. 29.
Scherer was released from Allegheny County Jail on Dec. 5. after her $25,000 bail set by Caulfield was reduced to non-monetary bail by a motion judge in Common Pleas Court.

A formal arraignment has been scheduled for Jan. 24 at 11 a.m. in Common Pleas Court.

Caulfield handled three other cases last week involving heroin. To read about those cases, click here.


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