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March 12, 2009 | 11:17 AM
Elkhorn — A former Walworth Elementary school teacher faces four felony bail jumping charges after a recent arrest.

Katie M. Luessenhop, 26, 250 S. Edwards Blvd., Apt. 146, Lake Geneva, will next appear in court March 17.

Deputy District Attorney Joshua P. Grube said she was arrested for allegedly violating a no contact order and possession of heroin.

Officials from the Walworth County Jail said she was brought in by the Walworth County Sheriff's Department March 7 and released on a $10,000 cash bond March 11.

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Luessenhop currently faces charges of felony possession of heroin and misdemeanor possession of cocaine stemming from a Sept. 18 incident.

She pleaded not guilty to those charges Feb. 25.

If she is convicted of the initial felony, she faces up to three years and six months in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Her driver's license could also get suspended for up to five years.

If convicted of the misdemeanor, she faces an additional year in County Jail and a $5,000 fine.

Because the original offenses occurred within 1,000 feet of a school, the court is required to impose 100 hours of community service for each offense.

She was originally charged with misdemeanor of possession of cocaine.

However, law enforcement officials sent samples of powder found in Luessenhop's possession to the state crime lab.

Two of the powder samples tested positive for heroin and the third for cocaine.

After Luessenhop's Sept. 18 arrest, she was replaced by a substitute teacher.

She had only taught at the school since the beginning of the school year.

According to the criminal complaint:

The Walworth Police Department was dispatched to the elementary school.

Outside of the school, Luessenhop turned over to police a small wrapped container, which she said contained cocaine.

She also handed over a file folder that contained a small plastic bag containing a powder.

Police then searched Luessenhop's handbag and found another small bag containing a powder.

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