MEDIA COURTHOUSE — A Delaware County woman who was a special education teacher in the Philadelphia School District was sentenced to 23 months of intermediary punishment Tuesday after entering an open guilty plea to five instances of delivering cocaine to an undercover police officer.
Jennifer Marie Gock, 40, of the 700 block of Pearl Avenue in the Morton postal section of Ridley Township, was also ordered to remain on electronic home monitoring for 90 days and serve three years of consecutive probation under the sentence handed down by Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge John Capuzzi.
Gock was arrested in March after selling cocaine to an undercover officer in Folcroft, Glenolden and Ridley Township, according to a release from Folcroft Police Chief William Bair. The last transaction occurred within a block of Delcroft Elementary School in Folcroft.
Bair indicated Gock told the undercover officer on several occasions that she was coming from work, meaning she would have had the drugs in her possession while at the school.
A Folcroft officer first learned Gock was selling cocaine in February using a specific cell phone number, according to an affidavit of probable cause. The officer called the number and arranged to buy $80 worth of cocaine on Feb. 19.
Gock met the officer and handed him a cigarette pack with two Ziploc baggies containing a white powdery substance inside of it, according to the affidavit. The powder later tested positive for cocaine.
Additional transactions took place in February. Following a March 4 deal at the Delcroft Shopping Center in which the officer purchased $160 worth of cocaine, officers coordinated a traffic stop at Glenolden and Sharp avenues and took Gock into custody.
A brown handbag on the front seat of Gock’s vehicle contained two other baggies of cocaine, four cartridges containing suspected THC oil and a sealed Ziploc container containing five THC edibles.
A Rubbermaid container in the rear set of Gock’s vehicle also contained bags of marijuana, pre-rolled marijuana joints, new and unused Ziploc bags and a digital scale with greenish-brown vegetable-like matter residue on it, according to the affidavit.
Gock, who previously taught in the Ridley School District, has been free on 10 percent of $50,000 cash bail since May 23, according to electronic court records.
Defense attorney Stephen Molineux said his client has completed inpatient addiction treatment and is close to completing outpatient treatment as well. Gock, who celebrated five months sober Tuesday, is currently working toward becoming a drug and alcohol counselor and is the sole caregiver for her minor daughter and disabled mother, according to Molineux.
Assistant District Attorney Bill Judge asked the judge for a sentence in the standard range, which goes from restorative sanctions to nine months. He said Gock, who holds master’s degrees and was working on her doctorate, should have been a role model for her students but instead became a cautionary tale.
As part of her sentence, Gock will have to perform 80 hours of community service, and pay costs, restitution and fees totaling $1,969. She can petition for early termination of probation in 18 months if she has no violations and meets all of the conditions.