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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Kewaskum Mom throws party for minors - serves up liquor and condoms

Okay, this came out in the paper yesterday and I was flabbergasted.  I didn't comment on it as it seemed to be all over the blogosphere and I didn't feel like being redundant.  I saw today, though, that this woman, Sarah Shay, will not receive criminal charges for the following:

Hosting and chaperoning a 12-year-old birthday party at a hotel (that included one 11-year-old) and:

  • Serving all 10 of the kids champagne and Mike's Hard Lemonade while riding around in a limo.
  • Having a stack of condoms available as a "joke" (???).
 The kids — including one 11-year-old, three 12-year-olds, four 13-year-olds and two 14-year-olds — were picked up after school on Dec. 18 in a limousine and taken to the party at the Hampton Inn Hotel in West Bend, according to Police Lt. Paul Pokorski. 
    One bottle of champagne was divided among the 10 children, who also had at least one bottle of spiked lemonade, Pokorski said. 
    “There were condoms at the party, but (Shay) said they were not intended to be used for sex. It was sort of a misguided joke,” said Pokorski. 
 Shay won’t be facing criminal charges for her conduct, but will pay a heavy price, with a citation amount totaling nearly $7,000. 
    Washington County District Attorney Todd Martens said he talked to members of the police department about possible criminal charges, including contributing to the delinquency of a minor, exposing a child to harmful materials and causing mental harm to a child. However, none of those charges were appropriate since children cannot be found delinquent for drinking or smoking and the other charges relate to sex offenses. 

    “Although she showed atrocious judgement, the conduct did not constitute a crime under Wisconsin law,” Martens said.

In another case earlier last year, the perpetrating Partymoms were held on $20,000+ bond. 

Wondering about Wisconsin State law, i.e., misdemeanor charges as endangering the welfare of a child, unlawfully dealing with a child or violating the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law by serving minors. Misdemeanor convictions bring a criminal record and up to a year in jail.

I won't be the least bit surprised if parents took further action.  They should.  This goes beyond "atrocious judgement."

1 comment:

Kristina said...

This is one area I can agree with. This mother should beheld legally accountable for her actions. I can understand a parent letting their OLDER kids mid late teens, have a glass of wine at a family celebration in their home and parents present but never give kids that young alcohol or offer it to anyone elses kids. If I were one of those parents I absolutly would seek some kind of civil action against this mother.