Parent and neighbors in shock after Summerville teacher's arrest

Parent and neighbors in shock following Summerville teacher's arrest
Published: Apr. 18, 2013 at 5:16 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 19, 2013 at 2:38 AM EDT
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Terri Wooten and David Cauthan (Source: BCDC)
Terri Wooten and David Cauthan (Source: BCDC)

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A Summerville Elementary School teacher has been arrested and placed on leave after investigators uncovered items used to make meth, along with a number of other drugs, at her home, authorities say.

Berkeley County deputies performed a search warrant Wednesday at the home of 49-year-old Terri Goldman Wooten, located at 1024 Douglas Wayne Rd.

A parent of a child in Wooten's class says he's in shock. He says she was always a nice woman who loved kids.

"I still can't wrap my head around the fact that putting her in that same picture as something like that happening," says Scott Ziegler. "I can't picture it really."

According to a release, investigators found components to manufacture methamphetamine, 14 grams of methamphetamine, 2.3 grams of marijuana, 12 dosage units of LSD, and 46 Xanax pills.

Wooten, a 4th-grade teacher at Summerville Elementary School, was arrested Wednesday and charged with trafficking meth, distribution near a school, possession of a schedule four narcotic, and possession of LSD.

David Eugene Cauthan, 37, who also lives at the home, was arrested as well and faces the same charges.

Wooten's next door neighbor says she had been renting the home for a few years. He says he never saw anyone or anything alarming.

"I never saw anything that would look like there were drugs going on," says Clyde Gray, Wooten's next door neighbor. "It never smelled like there was anything being cooked over there."

However, another neighbor said the couple would burn trash that smelled like burning plastic on a daily basis.

DD2 spokesperson Pat Raynor said the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office informed the school district Thursday morning of the arrest of Wooten's arrest.  Wooten has been placed on administrative leave with pay, pending the outcome of the investigation, Raynor said.

According to her bio on the school's website, Wooten began her teaching career at Spann Elementary in 1988 before moving onto Windsor Hill. She said she took a few years off to raise her two children, who are now in high school, before she resumed her teaching career in Summerville.

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