A man pled not guilty Monday afternoon to charges he possessed and attempted to distribute marijuana on the Fort Hays State University campus in December.
Bryan Bennett, who was at the time an FHSU assistant professor of political science, was arrested Dec. 6 and charged with one count of distribution of a hallucinogenic drug within 1,000 feet of a school, a level 2 drug felony; possession with intent to distribute a hallucinogenic drug, a level 4 drug felony; use of a telecommunication facility to distribute a controlled substance, a level 8 nonperson felony; and use of a communication facility in a conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, a level 8 nonperson felony.
A date for the trial, anticipated to take two days, is yet to be set.
According to the complaint filed in district court, on Dec. 5 Bennet allegedly distributed 1.1 grams of marijuana and 24.2 grams of THC/cheesecake gourmet truffle in Rarick Hall, and used a cellphone to facilitate the distribution of and attempted by text message to distribute a hallucinogenic drug. On Dec. 6 he was allegedly in possession of 14 grams of marijuana.
As a condition of his bond, Bennett was placed on administrative leave with pay and not allowed on campus. The conditions of his bond were not changed at Monday’s arraignment.