ADAMS COUNTY, ILL. — An Adams County probation officer was arrested on charges involving possession of methamphetamine. The Adams County Sheriff’s Department and West Central Illinois Drug Task Force searched Adams County probation officer John Grotts’ home in Ursa on Friday.

Grotts was also assigned as an Adams County Drug Court program liaison.

The search lead to drugs found at the residence and the arrest of 35-year-old Devin Lawton, a graduate of Grotts’ drug court program. Lawton was in the program because of a previous methamphetamine related offense.


Thirty-five-year-old Devin Lawton, a graduate of Grotts’ drug court program



According to the Adams County Sheriff’s Department, Lawton was currently living at Grotts’ residence.

Grotts was charged with possession of less than five grams of methamphetamine and unlawful use of property to violate the Methamphetamine Control Act.

Lawton was arrested on an outstanding warrant for illegal possession of methamphetamine precursors. Grotts will appear in court on May 21 for his charges.

The investigation is continuing and we will keep you updated as information becomes available to us. A press conference with more information will be held on Monday at 10:30 a.m.



  1. Ms. Rad says:

    Funny thing is that he is running free for fear of his safety and she is in jail! 2 employees of Adams County Courts in less than 2 years involved in illegal activities! Way to go!