Charges dismissed against summer camp owners accused of hosting drinking party for underage counselors

By Leslie H. Dixon, Sun Journal
Posted June 15, 2013, at 1:07 p.m.

PARIS, Maine — Charges of allowing an underage drinking party were dismissed against the owners of Camp Waziyatah in Waterford on Friday in Oxford County Superior Court.

Gregg M. Parker, 46, of Boston and his brother, Mitchell G. Parker, 50, of Miami, were arrested in August 2012 on charges of furnishing a place for minors to consume liquor, according to the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office.

The complaints against them were dismissed on the recommendation of the District Attorney’s office.

Sheriff’s deputies broke up a party at the camp on Aug. 17, 2012, and arrested the Parkers and a counselor.

Deputy Matthew Noyes said at the time that an informant told him the Parkers had hosted the party as an “end-of-the-year” party for counselors, who were under 21. He said the children who attended the camp had all gone home to their families.

“From what the complainant told me, this is something that happens every year,” Noyes said in August.

One counselor, Camila A. Medina, 20, was charged with furnishing liquor to minors. Police believe she used a fake ID and supplied some or all of the alcohol to the party. The status of the charges against Medina weren’t immediately available.

According to information from the Sheriff’s Office at the time, about 15 minors received civil summonses for alcohol possession.

Camp Waziyatah on McWain Pond offers horseback riding, wakeboarding, sailing, musical theater, jazz dance, whitewater rafting, pottery, golf, archery and dozens more activities, according to its website.

The website said the camp “does not permit alcohol in any form on camp at any time.”

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