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Former Arlington Selectman And Husband Charged For Underage Drinking Party

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Annie LaCourt (Photo Credit: Housing Partnership, housingpartnership.net)

Annie LaCourt (Photo Credit: Housing Partnership, housingpartnership.net)

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ARLINGTON (CBS) – Police have charged the former selectman and her husband for hosting a large underage drinking party.

On Monday, police charged Town Meeting member Annie LaCourt and her husband Mark Bernstein with 33 counts each of furnishing alcohol to minors and three counts each of contributing to the delinquency of a minor

Police say they were called to their home on Chatham Street on Friday after receiving a report of a teen urinating outdoors.

There, they say they found 33 teenagers partying, and 21 of those teens were drunk. Alcohol was also reportedly found in the home.

Police say LaCourt and Bernstein were home during the party and police say they both knew alcohol was being consumed.

In 2009, police responded to a drinking party at their home but LaCourt and her husband were not charged.

Under the state’s social host law, those that furnish alcohol to minors are subject to a $2,000 fine or a year in jail.

Police said the underage teens found to have consumed alcohol will face criminal charges or be offered participation in the Juvenile Diversion Program, which allows children with no prior criminal record, who commit a minor offense, an opportunity to be diverted from the court system.

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