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Teacher married to mayor accused of asking student for pills

December 23, 2019 GMT

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — A high school teacher who’s married to the mayor of a Maryland city has been accused of trying to buy drugs from a student.

Elizabeth Day, 30, turned herself in to the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office on Friday, news outlets reported. She’s the wife of Salisbury Mayor Jake Day.

A student told sheriff’s office investigators that Day, a physical education teacher, had asked for medications used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, news outlets reported citing court documents. The student contacted the sheriff’s office, and at the direction of investigators agreed to sell Day two prescription pills for $20, according to court documents.

A detective armed with a search and seizure warrant took Day’s phone and found internet searches that investigators believe show her intent to fraudulently obtain drugs, WBOC-TV reported.

Day is charged with attempted possession of a controlled dangerous substance - not marijuana, and contributing to certain conditions of a child, news outlets reported. She’s also been placed on administrative leave, according to Wicomico schools Superintendent Donna Hanlin.

She’s cooperating with the investigation, her attorney John Phoebus said in a statement.

“This is a difficult time for our family,” Mayor Jake Day said in a statement. “Liz has dealt with challenges that millions of Americans have, and though she must now live with those challenges in the public eye, I know the health and well-being of our family is the single most important thing in her life.”

Elizabeth Day is scheduled for a district court trial on Feb. 3, 2020, charging documents state.