Correction: A previous version of this article listed Denier’s place of work as an urgent care center on Warwick Avenue, attributed to Healthgrades.com. That information was incorrect, and the article has been updated accordingly. Officer Marano’s name has also been updated.
UPDATE 3:06 p.m.: Warwick Police have updated the charges against Denier, dropping the charge for Possession with Intent to Deliver, and changing the charge of Distribution of “Schedule I/II Narcotics to Minors” to “Schedule V and Marijuana to Minors”.
WARWICK, R.I. — Warwick Police reported their arrest of a Warwick doctor in the Pilgrim High School parking lot for selling marijuana to high school students Friday morning.
Police arrested James M. Denier, 65 , of West Shore Road, Warwick, R.I, at 11 a.m. in the parking lot of the school, according to a news release. Officers seized 10 grams of marijuana from Denier during the arrest. Police have charged him with Distributing a Controlled Substance Near a School, and Distribution of Schedule V and Marijuana to Minors. He was held for arraignment, according to police.
WPD Lt. Scott Robillard said police were first alerted to Denier’s activity when concerned students approached Pilgrim High School Resource Officer Albert Marano Marano alerted his superiors to the possible crime, and he and Warwick Police detectives began an investigation into Denier, resulting in the doctor’s arrest Friday.
Robillard said the students first brought the issue to Marano’s attention about four days ago. He said the officer did exactly what school resource officers are trained to do: be a trusted place to turn for students’ safety concerns at the school.
As a result of the arrest, Robillard said, “That status of his [medical] license is going to be looked at.”
Robillard said detectives are also searching Denier’s medical office as their investigation continues.
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