Tosa East math teacher convicted of drug charge

Published on: 6/18/2009

Waukesha — A 25-year veteran Wauwatosa East High School teacher was convicted Thursday of misdemeanor drug possession in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

Roger K. Payne, 47, pleaded guilty Thursday to marijuana possession, drug paraphernalia possession and obstructing an officer.

Payne was arrested in his City of Pewaukee home in December after Payne called police Nov. 20 to report a theft of $1,500. Payne named a 21-year-old man as a suspect in the theft of the money from Payne's condominium on Wild Oats Drive. When detectives questioned the man about the missing money, he told police he took a quarter-pound of marijuana, not cash, according to a criminal complaint.

He told police that Payne would regularly host parties for underage people, including former students, according to a police report.

Police searched Payne's condo Nov. 20 and seized $6,400, four bongs, four glass pipes, numerous bags of marijuana, a magazine about marijuana and four pornographic movies, according to a search warrant.

Payne is scheduled to be sentenced on July 13.

Payne was placed on paid administrative leave in the Wauwatosa district Nov. 25. School officials could not be reached Thursday regarding his status.