Teacher charged with growing pot

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Jennings, 30, told investigators he is an assistant football coach and teacher with Channelview Independent School District.

Harris County Sheriff's deputies said they were searching Wednesday for a robbery suspect in Jennings' neighborhood, when they noticed potted marijuana plants near his house on Fragrant Pine Lane. They said Jennings allowed them to enter the residence, where more plants were found.

Assistant District Attorney Kristin Guiney reported that Jennings is free on $2,000 bond on his State Jail Felony charge of possession of more than four ounces of marijuana. A conviction on that charge could carry punishment of up to two years in jail and $10,000 fine.

Jennings also posted a $5,000 bond on the third-degree felony charge of evidence tampering, for allegedly trying to flush some of the marijuana down a toilet. Defendants convicted on that charge face a penalty of up to $10,000 fine and 10 years in prison.

Channelview ISD confirms Jennings worked at Channelview High school. He has been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.

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