A Norwalk man pleaded "not guilty" Tuesday to an allegation he brought fake urine to a drug screen.
Thomas L. Senich, 57, of 3 Lee Ave., is charged with tampering with evidence in connection with an Oct. 1 incident. If convicted, he faces nine months to three years in prison.
Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway set Senich's bond at $7,500 Tuesday and ordered him to be subject to random drug screens. The defendant's trial date is Dec. 17.
In late October, Senich was fined $1,500 for a local, felony trafficking in hydrocodone conviction. The Norwalk Police Department investigated the Feb. 23 incident.
Senich was sentenced to an 80-day term in the Huron County Jail on the work release program.
Conway had ruled the defendant would be remanded to custody of the jail pending a knee surgery and spending four to six months in a community-based corrections facility, according to court records. A CBCF is a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.
As part of his three years of probation, Senich must reimburse police $80 to cover the cost of drug testing. He also had his driver's license suspended for six months.
Senich is being held without bond on a pending probation violation. Huron County Public Defender David Longo said the decision wasn't made because his client is a flight risk, but due to undisclosed "drug issues."