Farmington teacher faces new assault charges

Steve Garrison
Anna Marie Schroth

FARMINGTON — A middle school teacher charged earlier this month with promoting prostitution and conspiracy to sell methamphetamine faces new charges for allegedly destroying her ex-husband's kitchen the day after she bonded out of jail.

Anna Marie Schroth was charged Friday in Farmington Magistrate Court with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, felony vandalism and breaking and entering on allegations she wrecked the kitchen with a baseball bat.

Schroth, 40, was arrested Aug. 9 on allegations she and her boyfriend, 41-year-old Jordan Carter, prostituted a woman named "Star" in Farmington. The couple also allegedly conspired to sell methamphetamine.

Schroth was a teacher at Mesa View Middle School at the time of her arrest. Chris Pash, executive director of human resources at Farmington Municipal Schools, had said Schroth was placed on administrative leave while the district investigated the incident.

Pash said today that Schroth remained on administrative leave while the district investigates the allegations.

Schroth was released from jail after posting bond on Aug. 10, according to court records. Police allege the next day she went to her ex-husband's home in northeast Farmington and destroyed his kitchen counter top with a baseball bat, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

The property owner estimated the counter top was worth more than $3,000, the affidavit states.

Schroth's son told police he witnessed the incident, according to the affidavit.

The son told police his mother was upset because he took her dogs to care for them after she was arrested, the affidavit states.

Schroth's attorney, Arlon Stoker, said today he would need to review evidence in the new case before he could comment.

Schroth is expected to appear Wednesday at a preliminary examination hearing in the methamphetamine and prostitution case.

Stoker said he was not certain yet whether Schroth would challenge the state's evidence at the hearing.

"It is what it is," Stoker said. "My client made some statements and tried to cooperate with law enforcement, and they used that against her."

Schroth's new bond is set at $15,000.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.