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Solano County Teacher Says She Did Not Serve Pot-Laced Food at Potluck

Teresa Gilmete Badger, 47, allegedly served the marijuana-laced food at a potluck dinner in November.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
—By Bay City News

A Benicia elementary school teacher pleaded not guilty Friday to a felony count of poisoning school employees with marijuana-laced food at a potluck dinner in November, a Solano County prosecutor said.

Teresa Gilmete Badger, 47, of Benicia, also pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor count of furnishing marijuana, Solano County Deputy District Attorney Shelly Small said.

Badger is out of custody and will return to Solano County Superior Court on April 11 to set a preliminary hearing date, Small said.

Two people went to the hospital after eating the food at an after-hours employee potluck dinner at a Benicia residence on Nov. 21, Benicia police said.

One woman was rushed to the hospital for treatment and another woman with chest pains and other symptoms went to the hospital the next day, police said.

THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, was found in her blood, police said.

Badger is on paid leave from Matthew Turner Elementary School in Benicia. Her attorney, Elizabeth Grossman, was not immediately available for comment this afternoon.

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