Former professional wrestler and local teacher Michael Droese has been indicted for selling prescription medication to an undercover agent.
Known as Duke the Dumpster in his professional wrestling days with the WWE, Droese has spent eight years with the Warren County School System after moving here following the end of his wrestling career. He was serving as a special education teacher at Centertown at the time of his indictment last week.
Droese has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of his criminal case.
“We found there was enough evidence to warrant suspension,” said Director of Schools Bobby Cox, noting he along with school attorney Robin Phillips discussed the matter with prosecutors as well as with Droese before arriving at the decision. “Once the criminal case is complete we will go from there and make a determination of his status.”
Droese, who has been away from the classroom due to recent medical issues, was named in a sealed indictment handed down by the Warren County grand jury this past Friday. Droese surrendered himself at Warren County Jail this weekend after learning of his indictment.
The three-count indictment charges Droese with two counts of delivery of Oxycodone and one count of delivery of Buprenorphine. The drugs are prescription pain relievers.
The sales alleged happened on the first two days of July. The indictments contend he made the sales to a person working in an undercover capacity with the local drug task force as members of both city and county law enforcement agencies are listed as prosecutors on the drug counts. The sales are felonies.
Droese enjoyed a short, but successful, career with WWE under the name Duke the Dumpster. He wrestled under the persona of a trash man, participating in the Royal Rumble and claiming a victory over Triple H.
Droese competed at WrestleMania in 2001, losing a battle royal that was won by the Iron Sheik.
Droese has served as wrestling coach in Warren County and was on the short list to be moved into his own classroom when his legal issues arose last week.