Man charged in another underaged party
WASHINGTON TWP. - Law enforcement from three different jurisdictions helped break up an underaged drinking party in Wyoming County Friday night involving 18 teens.
Meshoppen Police Chief John E. Krieg said Monday night that charges would be forthcoming against Casey Joseph McClain, 19, of Meshoppen, one of the alleged organizers of Friday’s event.
McClain was sentenced in January to 12 months probation for his role 14 months ago in another underaged drinking party where a 17-year-old Tunkhannock Area High School student died.
Prosecutors never alleged that the alcohol that McClain furnished in 2013 led to the death of Christopher John Packer.
However, McClain pleaded guilty in December to three counts of furnishing alcohol to minors, and was sentenced in January in the Wyoming County Court of Common Pleas.
According to court documents, a condition of McClain’s sentence was that he was to abstain from drugs and alcohol until the 12-month probation ended.
Chief Krieg said that McClain turned himself into his probation officer Monday, and was remanded to the Wyoming County Correctional Facility until a bail hearing can take place, after formal charges are filed.
Krieg added Monday that anyone found drinking at Friday’s party will be charged including a few juveniles, who will be processed through the juvenile justice system.
In thye May 2013 incident. McClain originally faced 22 counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor, 11 counts of corruption of a minor, one count of purchasing or obtaining alcohol by a minor and one count of tampering with evidence.
Both Tunkhannock Twp. and Tunkhannock Borough police officers assisted at the scene Friday.