RHINELANDER (WAOW) - A Rhinelander High School English teacher accused of growing 66 marijuana plants at his home waived a preliminary hearing Thursday, according to Oneida County online court records.
Joshua Juergens, 35, was charged Nov. 8 with two felonies - manufacturing at least 50 marijuana plants and possession of a controlled substance - and four misdemeanors, including two counts of theft.
Prosecutors filed the charges following a police investigation into the theft of some electronic equipment at the high school. A search of Juergens' home led to what police called a sophisticated marijuana-growing operating in the basement, according to the criminal complaint.
With the waiver of the hearing for prosecutors to present evidence to justify the charges, a judge ordered Juergens to stand trial and set Dec. 5 for him to enter pleas, online court records said.
Juergens, who joined the Rhinelander High faculty in August, was fired Monday by the school.