Falmouth couple accused of hosting underage drinking party enter not guilty pleas

Posted Oct. 05, 2012, at 4:54 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Falmouth couple accused of hosting a party at which numerous underage students were consuming alcohol have entered not guilty pleas.

Barry Spencer and his wife, Patty, entered their pleas Thursday through their attorneys, Walt McKee and William Childs, according to Cumberland County District Attorney Stephanie Anderson.

The couple have been charged with nine counts of furnishing a place for minors to consume alcohol, a penalty punishable by a $1,000 fine for each count if convicted.

The couple were indicted last month in connection with a June 16 celebratory party they hosted at their home for Falmouth students.

The school’s baseball and lacrosse teams had claimed Class B state championships that day.

The party drew up to 100 students, police said in June. Most of them scattered into the woods and attempted to flee the scene when police arrived.

One female, a 17-year-old, tried to drive away from the scene and nearly ran an officer down, resulting in a charge of administrative drunken driving, which means she had less than the legal limit of 0.08 in her system but was charged due to the fact she was under the age of 21.

One teen was discovered passed out on a lawn and vomit was found on cars at the scene.

Barry and Patty Spencer were originally issued a summons for furnishing a place for minors to consume alcohol.

Anderson said the Spencers are not due back in court until November.

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