Former Idaho professor arrested on drug, burglary charges

Posted at 10:29 AM, Sep 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-26 12:29:39-04

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — Idaho authorities have arrested a former University of Idaho professor on drug possession and burglary charges after she was fired and banned from the campus.

Nez Perce County court officials say 45-year-old Denise Bennett has pleaded not guilty to felony burglary and possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officials say the former tenured journalism professor posted a $5,000 bond Tuesday and has a preliminary hearing scheduled Wednesday.

Authorities say the professor was fired from her job Sept. 10 and was staying with a Lewiston man for a week before moving out Sept. 18.

Lewiston and Nez Perce Tribe police departments say the man reported Bennett for stealing his phone and other items.

Authorities say Bennett was found Friday and returned the items.

Bennett had no attorney listed.