Governor's son charged with violating social host law
Posted: 8/17/2012 1:55:17 PM
Updated: 8/17/2012 2:16:21 PM
Attorney General Peter Kilmartins office announced that Governor Chafees son, Caleb, will be charged with one count of violating the social host law in connection with an underage drinking party that took place on the Chafee Exeter property. He is scheduled to answer to the charges in District Court on August 22.
Governor Lincoln Chafee released the following statement on Friday afternoon:
"Underage drinking is a major problem in Rhode Island and across the country. With that in mind, the so-called social host law has been broadly designed to prevent such unfortunate incidents from occurring and to protect the young people of our state. Throughout this process, Stephanie and I have taken this matter seriously and have been concerned and disappointed by the details of the event in question, as any parents would be. Caleb will accept responsibility for his actions and, in addition to any legal consequences that result, we will continue to deal with this matter as a family. It is our hope that this event, however regrettable, has provided an opportunity for a dialogue about the dangerous and potentially harmful effects of underage drinking. Hopefully many parents took this occasion to speak with their children about this important topic."
Caleb, 18, allegedly hosted a gathering of his friends on the Governors Exeter property on May 28. According to a State Police report obtained by WPROs Matt Allen one girl got so drunk she had to be hospitalized. State Police found the teenaged girl and her friends on the side of the road away from the property. An investigation revealed the girl and her friends were on the Governors property with Caleb drinking when she became ill. Caleb Chafee allegedly told the girls friends to get her off the property before they called an ambulance.
When State Police arrived to question Caleb he plead the fifth and called and advised his friends to do the same. One girl did give a statement.
RIs social host law carries a civil penalty of a fine of up to $500, up to 30 hours community service, and a possibility of a court ordered educational program on the dangers of underage drinking. "Any time an alcohol is allowed to be consumed by minors we take it very seriously.The statute does carry a criminal punishment so it is not a criminal statute because the statute is specific for individuals between the ages of 18 and 21," said Captain Michael Winquist of the RI State Police.
This is not Caleb Chafees first civil violation; in April he was charged with misrepresentation after he attempted to buy alcohol at a Jamestown liquor store. He pled no contest and paid a $100 fine and court costs.Dee DeQuattro | WPRO News
(8/17/2012 3:54:49 PM) |
Young Chaffee tossed that girl off his property to avoid Police & Rescue services from going to the Gov's Home ??
Then not only does he refuse to talk to police he tells his goomba's to do the same ??
This is all after getting busted & pleading no contest to a previous Alcohol related crime ??
Dare I say this young mans Moral Compass does not find TRUE North in a bad situation. While blaming the parents would be normal (and Easy) way out, the true issue is can young Chaffee really tell RIGHT from WRONG ?? If not corrected soon he may find life away from his parents money and influence very difficult.
(8/17/2012 3:37:10 PM) |
It's nice to AG Kilmartin doing his job for a change. With Whitehouse's son now having a CONVICTION on his record, Chaffee Jr will follow suit with one of his own, JUSTICE..
Let them see if any Ivy Leage League School accepts them with Alcohol Convictions on their ADULT records ( Dad's $$$ will only buy them so far) ? Better yet try to get pass any professional assocation vetting process (Bar, CPA, ETC..) after they graduate from College, "Do you want Fry's with that ??"
Caleb you sent that girl off the property to protect you and Daddy, How did that work out ??
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