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STATE FAMILY SERVICES WORKER PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO POT COUNT

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A state Division of Family Services supervisor pleaded not guilty Thursday to a charge of intending to sell marijuana.

William Woods Rogers, 46, entered the not-guilty pleas in 4th District Court to a charge of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute in a drug-free zone, a second-degree felony, and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Utah County prosecutors dismissed one count of the drug tax stamp violation, a third-degree felony.Judge Boyd Park set a trial date for Nov. 7. A hearing on whether to allow evidence seized in the search of Roger's home is scheduled for Oct. 24.

Acting on an anonymous tip, Utah County Narcotics Task Force arrested Rogers and his wife, Claudine Linde Rogers, 45, at their Orem home March 21. Charges against Claudine Rogers were later dismissed. Police also referred a teenager in the home to juvenile court for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Rogers works as a supervisor of caseworkers for the state's child protection services office in Provo. He evaluates caseworkers' reports in alleged child-abuse cases and helps determine how cases will be handled. Family Services officials said Rogers, who has worked in the division 22 years, is on administrative leave.

According to a search warrant affidavit filed in 4th Circuit Court, an anonymous telephone caller told task force officers Feb. 28 that Rogers was selling marijuana to teenagers.

Early March 21, undercover police searched Rogers' trash can and allegedly found three partially smoked marijuana cigarettes and a plastic sandwich bag containing about 200 marijuana seeds and several stems. Later that day, task force officers and Orem police with a search warrant allegedly seized about 42 grams of marijuana, triple-beam scales, a shotgun and drug paraphernalia from Rogers' home and car.