A Philadelphia-area Hebrew school’s varsity coach testified that he dealt marijuana for years. The basketball coach testified that cops confiscated seven pounds of marijuana from him in a drug raid and also stole $81,000.
Robert Kushner, a part-time boys’ basketball varsity coach at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy in Bryn Mawr, Pa., testified Tuesday in a massive police corruption trial in federal court, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
Six officers have been charged with assaulting drug suspects and stealing more than $500,000 in cash, jewelry, and electronics between February 2006 and November 2012, officials stated.
Kushner, 32, was among the drug-dealing victims to testify in court, saying he was shaken down for drugs and money in 2007. He was arrested and slapped with a probationary sentence; however the charges were later expunged from his record.
After the candid testimony, the elite private school fired Kushner on Wednesday.
School officials said Kushner passed a background check when he was first hired in 2010 and said they had no knowledge of his arrest.
This wasn’t the first time Kushner had problems with the law. In 2011, he pleaded guilty to possession of drugs with the intent to deliver and was placed on probation for four years, the Inquirer reported.
The school was closed Thursday and officials could not be reached for comment by the media.
Kushner told the Main Line Times he did not report his arrests because he felt he had moved on from that part of his life and was ready to put it behind him.
“I have no issues, no anger toward Barrack in any way,” he said. “I love the school, and I love the kids and I loved coaching, and I’m sorry it had to come to an end and I understand why and if the best thing for me is to walk away and never look back and help them out, I would do that in a heartbeat.”
Kushner also served as a junior varsity coach at a summer recreation league.