The Reverend Christopher Layden pleaded not guilty Thursday to two counts of delivery of less than 1 gram of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a church and one count of possession with intent to deliver 1 to 15 grams of cocaine near a church.
The 33-year-old was arrested Wednesday at St. John's Catholic Newman Center after investigators found 3 grams of cocaine and drug paraphernalia while searching his home and office. His bond was set at $50,000.
The arrest followed a two-week police investigation of local drug sales, according to CBS affiliate WMDB-TV in Peoria.
The Catholic Diocese of Peoria says it has suspended Layden.
His attorney, Mark D. Lipton, did not immediately respond to an after hours message seeking comment.