Two Sound Beach adults were arrested after hosting a Saturday night house party during which a teenage girl became ill from alcohol consumption, Suffolk County police said.
Police said that when authorities were called to a parking lot across the street from the Echo Avenue residence shortly before 11 p.m. they found “more than 100 underage teenagers spilling out into the street” and learned the girl had become ill at the house party where alcohol was available.
The girl was taken to a hospital for treatment, police said.
Police charged the hosts, Charles Suomi, 40, and his wife, Farnelle Marseille, 35, with violating the social host law. Both were issued field appearance tickets and released. They are scheduled to be arraigned April 12 at First District Court in Central Islip.
Suomi, a mover and father of four, said in a telephone interview Monday that he was at home at the time of the gathering but had no idea of where the alcohol came from and questioned whether the more than 100 teenagers that police said were outside had ever been inside his house.
“My house can’t fit hundreds of people,” Suomi said of his five-bedroom home. He said more people showed up to the gathering than anticipated.
“I didn’t know the people but there were a lot more people than expected — they were friends of my two older kids,” ages 16 and 15, Suomi said. He added, “I don’t think there would have been anyone outside” because it was too cold.
Asked if he knew there was alcohol at the gathering, Suomi said he didn’t have any in the house but he did become aware of some of the guests drinking alcohol they had bought.
“They were thrown out,” Suomi said of anyone drinking. “My kids don’t drink as far as I know and they were just having people over and having chips and stuff,” Suomi said. “I was in a bedroom and they were in the living room and kitchen. I would come out every now and then to maintain some order but ... I really wasn’t hanging around.”
When asked if he will plead innocent to the charge, Suomi said, “I have no idea.” He added, “It’s embarrassing though — nothing like this has happened before. Yesterday (Sunday) everybody I ever knew called me. The phone rang all day yesterday.”
The Suffolk County Social Host Law states that “it shall be unlawful for any person over the age of 18 who owns, rents, or otherwise controls a private residence to knowingly allow the consumption of alcohol or alcoholic beverages by any minor on such premises or to fail to take reasonable corrective action upon learning of the consumption of alcohol or alcoholic beverages by any minor on such premises.”
A first offense is punishable by a fine not to exceed $500. For second and subsequent offenses, violators face a fine not to exceed $1,000, a term of imprisonment not to exceed 1 year, or both.