Hampton University professor accused of mailing heroin, pot to jail inmates

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by Jonathan Costen, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 10 at 11:11 PM

HAMPTON -- A Hampton University instructor who taught History is behind bars for allegedly trying to send drugs to jail inmates in Newport News.

Authorities tell us 40-year-old Sharrieff De’Johnette of Williamsburg faces three counts of conspiracy, two counts of distribution of marijuana, one count of distribution of heroin and three counts of delivering drugs to inmates.

De’Johnette taught history and a university spokeswoman told 13News Now he was suspended immediately without pay.

Newport News investigators say on Wednesday, April 2, deputies intercepted mail addressed to 30-year-old inmate Michael Cleary. Officials say the mail contained marijuana. Mail addressed to two additional inmates was intercepted and also found to contain drugs. 

News of the arrest spread quickly on the campus of Hampton University. "Wow, I took his class multiple times, I had him for Humanities and I had him for 106 and he was a really good teacher,” said Hampton University Junior Ulysses Knapps.   

Knapps also said he recently talked with the professor about the pitfalls of drugs, “He said drugs was like the biggest problem and it's shocking to know that he got taken down because of drugs."

Another student, Nicholas Warfield, said many are shocked by the news.

"It's just unexpected he's a real good guy and well liked instructor and he's pretty popular on our campus," Warfield said.

Authorities say the investigation is ongoing and Williamsburg and Hampton University Police are also helping in the case.  More charges are pending.

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