A man charged with distributing a controlled substance while employed by a local school district recently accepted a plea deal from St. Francois County Prosecuting Attorney Jerrod Mahurin in exchange for reduced charges.

Stanley Dunlap Sr. was charged in March 2016 with the Class A felony of sale of a controlled substance near a school and the Class C felony of possession of a controlled substance.

According to Mahurin, Dunlap accepted a plea deal which included an offer of convictions for the Class B felony of distribution of a controlled substance and the Class C felony of possession of a controlled substance, with possible sentences of 10 years in prison and seven years in prison, respectively.

Mahurin said Dunlap’s lack of a criminal history influenced the prosecution’s decision to extend the offer in exchange for a guilty plea. The prosecution and defense will have the opportunity to argue for sentencing before Dunlap’s sentence is imposed on Dec. 6.

According to the probable cause statement, a Park Hills police officer received information from a business that Dunlap had been meeting a driver of a Monte Carlo near the business and afterward they had left syringes in the parking lot.

The police officer spotted Dunlap driving a utility/maintenance truck with a Central School District license plate. The officer followed Dunlap in an unmarked vehicle. The officer observed Dunlap exit the Central truck and get into a parked Monte Carlo where he stayed for about four minutes. The vehicles were behind a business and within 2,000 feet of Central Middle School.

Upon making contact with Dunlap and the driver of the Monte Carlo, officers searched the vehicle and discovered pills which Dunlap had allegedly provided to the driver.

Jacob Scott is a reporter with the Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3616 or at jscott@dailyjournalonline.com.