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Rhinelander teacher to get drug treatment when out of jail

RHINELANDER, Wis. (WXPR) -- The Rhinelander high school teacher accused of theft and marijuana manufacturing will be allowed out of jail to seek drug treatment.

Oneida County Circuit Judge Michael Bloom set a $1,500 cash bond for Joshua Jurgens. Public Defender Maggie Hogan said arrangements had been made for treatment December 9. "We have secured a bed for him at Koinonia that is available for him on December 9. I would also request the court consider to modify his bond to allow treatment."

District Attorney Michael Schiek said Juergens could be a flight risk with minimal ties to the area and another time not appearing as ordered for a court appearance. "I still think his non-appearance on the underlying disorderly conduct charge is telling."

Juergens was ordered to appear last week on the disorderly conduct charge and did not. A warrant led to a search of his residence where a marijuana grow was allegedly found along with items alleged to be from Rhinelander high school and some prescription drugs that weren't his. Bloom agreed to let Juergens go to a Rhinelander treatment facility if still in jail. He ordered him back to court next Thursday. Hogan entered not guilty pleas to the lesser charges.