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Former Adams County Drug Court Leader Pleads Not Guilty in Federal Court


(WGEM) -- A former Adams County Probation Officer plead not guilty last week to a drug-related charge, according to US District Court documents.

John Grotts, 59, appeared in court June 12 for an arraignment hearing in Springfield where he plead not guilty to maintaining a drug-involved premises. Grotts' case is now scheduled for an August 6 trial date with a pre-trial conference set for July 16.

Grotts was arrested April 26 at his Ursa residence along with 2012 Adams County Drug Court graduate, Devin Lawton.

According to the federal affidavit filed last month, Grotts allegedly made his residence available for meth and marijuana manufacturing and/or the use of the two drugs. Authorities reportedly found items used to grow marijuana and manufacture meth during a search of Grotts' home.

(Read "Former Adams County Probation Officer charged in federal court.")

If convicted, Grotts faces up to 20 years in prison.

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