A third man charged in connection with the multimillion-dollar Timpanogos Community Mental Health Center scandal has joined his fellow defendants in pleadingnot guilty to charges of theft and misusing public money.
Glen Brown, former director of Timp Mental Health, entered the plea Friday before 4th District Judge Ray M. Harding, who set his trial for Aug. 21. Brown, facing 17 felony counts, likely will be tried with fellow defendants Carl V. Smith, the center's former specialty programs director, and former business manager Craig W. Stephens.Smith faces 25 counts each of felony misuse of public money and theft, and one count of state income tax evasion. Stephens faces 24 counts each of felony misuse of public money and theft, and one count of state tax evasion.
Fourth District Judge George E. Ballif last week accepted not-guilty pleas from Smith and Stephens, but recused himself from presiding over Brown's arraignment and trial because ot their long-term association.
Attorneys for Smith and Stephens asked the judge to consider dismissing himself from hearing their clients' trial also because Brown may end up being a witness in their trial. The matter will be argued Feb. 24.
"I have a sinking feeling I know who's going to try this case," Harding said."I think it will be here (in his courtroom)."
The trial is expected to take two to three weeks.