Ferguson pleads not guilty to violating state’s social host law

This photo taken Wednesday, July 24, 2013, shows Christine Ferguson, then director of the Rhode Island health insurance exchange, at the Statehouse, in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

JAMESTOWN, R.I. (AP/WPRI) — A former head of Rhode Island’s Department of Human Services has been charged with providing alcohol to minors under the state’s social host law.

Christine Ferguson, who also led the state’s health benefits exchange, Health-Source RI, was arrested at her home in Jamestown on June 6 along with her husband, 59-year-old Frederick Glomb.

Police say they found an intoxicated teen on the street and learned he came from Ferguson’s home. They say there was a party at the house involving a large number of underage guests and a large amount of alcohol.

Ferguson and Glomb appeared in District Court in Newport Friday. A call to the home for comment Friday morning went unanswered.

Both Ferguson and Glomb pleaded not guilty, and were ordered held on $1,000 personal recognizance.

The pair is due back in court June 26.

Ferguson lead the state Department of Human Services from 1995 to 2001.

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