|Charges dropped for parents accused of supplying
alcohol to teens
WATE.COM July 25, 2007
LOUDON COUNTY (WATE) -- A Loudon County couple who was charged with
providing alcohol to minors at their daughter's after-prom party is off
the hook, at least for now.
The DA has agreed to drop the charges against Jack and Katherine
Butturini as long as they obey the law for the next 10 months.
Twenty underage drinkers were arrested at the Butturini's home in
May. Each attended a class and picked up litter for a day to avoid
West Knox County couple gets diversion in alcohol case
Butturinis charged with violations at Farragut prom party
News Sentinel staff
The West Knox County couple charged with contributing to the delinquency
of a minor and providing alcohol to a minor agreed to a pretrial
diversion today in Loudon County General Sessions Court.
If Jack and Katharine Butturini do not break any laws, with exception of
minor traffic violations, and do not have any further incidents of
parties involving underage drinking in the next 10 months, the charges
will be dropped June 1, 2008.
District Attorney General Russell Johnson and Joe Hoffer, attorney for
the Butturinis, released the details of the agreement in a press release
The Butturinis were charged May 6 after authorities broke up a party
following the Farragut High School prom at the couple’s Loudon County
waterfront house. Police said there were nearly 50 young adults inside
the Butturinis’ home and that the property and surrounding areas were
strewn with beer cans and bottles.
The couple has previously said they did not provide alcohol to anyone
and that the troublemakers at the party were not invited guests.
In late May, the 19 teenagers charged with underage drinking also
reached a pretrial diversion in exchange for written statements and
potential testimony. Pending completion of a four-month diversionary
period, a two-hour underage drinking class and six hours of community
service, the teens’ cases will be dropped.
More details as they develop online and in Thursday’s News Sentinel.