Probation officer pleads not guilty in St. Clair County courthouse drug scandal

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on May 31, 2013 at 8:01 AM

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- An Illinois court official who authorities say peddled cocaine to one judge who died of a drug overdose and another who’s accused of possessing heroin is pleading not guilty to federal drug charges.

Thirty-four-year-old St. Clair County Probation Officer Sean McGilvery entered the plea Thursday in East St. Louis. He’s charged with two felony drug counts.

According to court filings, McGilvery admitted providing cocaine to St. Clair County judges Michael Cook and Joe Christ on several occasions.

Those times included on the eve of the judges’ March trip to the Cook family’s hunting cabin in western Illinois’ Pike County. That’s where Christ died of what a coroner says was a cocaine overdose.

Cook resigned after being accused of federal heroin and gun charges. He has pleaded not guilty.

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