A Lindenhurst High School teacher was arrested Sunday on drug charges after he was stopped by police for allegedly speeding on the Vanderbilt Parkway in Huntington and then found to be in possession of illegal steroids, police and school officials said Oct. 8.
Kevin Muscarello, 40, of Sayville, was arraigned Oct. 7 on charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. Officials said he was in possession of a significant amount of anabolic steroids.
Muscarello, a physical education teacher at Lindenhurst High School, had no prior criminal history, school officials said. He has worked in the school system for 11 years and also serves as the head coach of the school’s varsity volleyball team.
In a statement, Superintendent Richard Nathan said school officials have “administratively reassigned” Muscarello as the criminal case continues. He will continue to collect his salary – which was reported in public records at $87,385 in 2012 – during the reassignment period.
“We have no reason to believe that Mr. Muscarello was distributing steroids to students. Our district will cooperate fully with the police and their investigation and we will continue to make the safety and well-being of our students and staff our top priority,” Nathan said.
According to a police spokesperson, Muscarello was arrested around 11 a.m. on Sunday after he was pulled over at the intersection of Vanderbilt Parkway and Commack Road in Huntington. Court records show he was initially stopped after an officer observed him traveling at an excessive speed.