Ex-School Program Employee Arrested After Student Licks Xanax: Police

Benjamin Boilard mug shot
South Windsor Police

A former child care employee with a town-run before-school program in South Windsor was arrested after a 6-year-old found a bag of Xanax on a classroom floor and licked crushed pills, according to police. 

Benjamin Boilard, a 22-year-old UConn student from South Windsor, admitted the drugs were his and said they were prescription Xanax, but declined to speak with officers about whether he had a valid prescription for the drug, police said. Officers later learned Boilard did not have a prescription for the drugs at the time, but did obtain a prescription for Xanax a week after the incident, according to court records.

According to police, the bag of pills fell out of Boilard's pocket and the child found them on the floor of a classroom at PR Smith School on Avery Street in October, and licked the crushed Xanax, thinking it was gum. The child is OK, officials said. 

"The bag had been stepped on and the child in fact thought it was gum," Scott Custer, of South Windsor Police, said.  

Boilard's attorney, Robert Brit, had no comment on Monday.

Boilard, who was working for the parks and recreation department in South Windsor, was immediately terminated, according to the parks and recreation department. 

“A good kid who made a really bad mistake and that’s what we feel and we have to do what we have to do,” Ray Favreau, of the South Windsor Director of Parks and Recreation, said. 

Officers served Boilard with a warrant this morning and he was charged with risk of injury to a minor, illegally obtaining prescription drugs, possession of drugs within 1,500 feet of a school and illegal possession of narcotics. 

He was held on $30,000 court-set surety bond, but it was reduced to $10,000 and he posted the bond.

Boilard will be back in court on Dec. 7.

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