Patch: Riverhead teacher says gun charge ‘complete misunderstanding’

02/01/2013 12:00 PM |
TIM GANNON FILE PHOTO  |  TIM GANNON PHOTO | Joe Johnson (top) leaves court in May with his lawyer John Ciarelli.

TIM GANNON FILE PHOTO | Joe Johnson (top) leaves court in May with his lawyer John Ciarelli.

A fourth-grade Riverhead teacher who was arraigned on an 11-count grand jury indictment in May on charges that included criminal possession of a weapon and driving while intoxicated said he hopes to be exonerated of all charges.

In an interview with Riverhead Patch, Joe Johnson of Southampton said he is looking forward to his turn in court.

“A lot of what has been printed just isn’t true — has never been the case,” Mr. Johnson said in the interview.

Previous Coverage:

Oct. 10: Riverhead teacher nabbed on gun charges now off payroll

May 18: Grand jury indicts Riverhead teacher on gun charges

April 28: Teacher arrested in Southampton had high-capacity magazine in gun