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ST. CLOUD (CBSMiami/AP) — The principal of a Kissimmee elementary school was arrested after he reportedly gave undercover agent with drugs at his home.

David Groover, the principal of Partin Settlement Elementary in Kissimmee was charged with multiple drug counts. He was later released on bond.

According to a charging affidavit, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint that Groover, 43, was providing methamphetamine and GHB, also known as liquid ecstasy, to adults at his home in St. Cloud.

A confidential informant introduced Groover to an undercover agent, who invited them inside his residence, the affidavit states. Grover then allegedly took out a baby bottle with a liquid he said was “G,” a street name for GHB, deputies report. Groover also allegedly took out a glass pipe and said he had some “Tina,” or methamphetamine.

Authorities found a marijuana cigar, two viles with liquid in a master bedroom closet, about 1.2 grams of methamphetamine, two ounces of GHB and a glass pipe and rolling paper, the affidavit states.

Grover was charged with delivery and possession of both methamphetamine and GHB, as well as possession of two other drugs.

Dana Schafer, a spokeswoman for the Osceola County school district, said Grover would be assigned to another position away from schools until the investigation is complete.

Grover was hired by the district in 1992, starting as a substitute teacher and rising up the ranks to become a principal. He has been the principal of Partin Settlement since 2006.

Schafer could not say whether there had been any complaints from parents or incidents involving Groover at the school, adding that a records request could be filed Monday for his personnel file. No records of previous discipline were found in a search of a Florida Department of Education database on discipline against educator licenses.

Partin Settlement has received an ‘A’ grade from the state based on student performance in each of the last five years.

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