Roommate convicted of selling heroin out of former Manchester teacher's home
MANCHESTER — The roommate of a former Manchester High School Central art teacher was convicted on five charges, including selling heroin out of the former educator's Sagamore Street home.
Robert Doane, 28, formerly of 151 Sagamore St., was convicted in Hillsborough County Superior Court on charges of possessing a controlled drug, sale of a controlled drug, armed career criminal (punishable by a mandatory 10-year prison sentence), felon in possession of a deadly weapon (firearm) and receiving stolen property (a firearm). He is to be sentenced sometime next month.
Doane is the former roommate of Lisa Tagalakis, 43, who police said agreed to let Doane sell heroin out of her home while her two young children were there. She is no longer employed by the city as an art teacher. She is charged with criminal liability for the sale of a narcotic and is set to be tried on March 17 in Superior Court.
She is accused of renting a room to Doane for $100 a week, with the agreement that he would be packaging and selling heroin from that location, according to police.
Court documents show she told police she made the agreement because money was "tight." A listing of education department salaries for 2010 showed Tagalakis grossed just under $59,000 that year.
According to court documents, she also told police it was convenient to have Doane there so she could leave her children with him while she and her 21-year-old boyfriend, Kristopher White, were away from the house.
Tagalakis also is charged with a misdemeanor offense of endangering the welfare of a child. Tagalakis is accused of endangering her preschool children by letting Doane possess and deal heroin from the house while he was armed.
Court documents also show the children's room was across from the one shared by Tagalakis and White, where a gun identified as belonging to Doane was left, loaded with hollow-point bullets, on top of a dresser.