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Prosecutors Drop Case Against Geneva Adult Cited for Allowing Underage Drinking Party

Judge rules police didn't have necessary permission to be on private property.

Prosecutors recently dropped the case against a Geneva father accused of allowing a drinking party at his home over homecoming weekend in 2011. Prosecutors cited a lack of evidence when motioning to dismiss the case against Robert Caruso, who was cited under a law aimed to hold parents accountable for underage drinking in their homes.

Caruso successfully argued to have statements and evidence against him thrown out on claims Geneva police officers didn't have necessary permission to be on his property when they first observed a beer bottle near teens and, later, talked to partygoers.

Prosecutors asked the judge to reconsider that ruling, arguing the bottle was visible from outside the property and that officers were within their rights while investigating an initial loud party complaint.

The denial of the reconsideration motion left prosecutors with nothing to move forward with in the case, prompting the dismissal.

Kathy November 14, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Please don't allow high school kids to drink in your home. My child does not have my permission, and you are not authorized to give him permission. It's illegal and it's harmful to him. I will not allow underage drinking in my home for those very reasons. If you don't care about my kid, then beware for yourself, because if something terrible happens to a kid drinking in your home, you are liable, regardless of what happened to the man mentioned in this article. He is just lucky that some kid didn't decide to get in a car and kill himself or someone else. Or over-imbibe enough to die from alcohol poisoning.
Colin C. November 14, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Does anyone remember the "Safe Homes" project? I think it was active in Geneva about 30 years ago? Here is how it works: Parents mutually agree to protect their own and other's children by promising to closely supervise all parties, not serve or allow alcohol or drug use, and call parents if they suspect that a child is using. The parents who wish to participate sign on and the list can be made readily available on the internet. This way parents know, without having to call, whose homes can be considered "safe" for parties and the like. This can be combined with a "Safe Rides" program. It might be something for the SADD people to look at. It will not stop teen alcohol and drug use but if enough families join it sends a powerful and unified message that we understand that use by teens is unacceptably dangerous for them and we will do everything that we can to protect them and keep them safe.
Ray Echer November 15, 2012 at 01:40 PM
The only way to stop deaths from alcohol abuse is to introduce these things earlier. Some European countries have a drinking age of 16, which helps with understanding that it isn't something extremely taboo, and it is something to be taken seriously. I can't say every student deciding to drink in Geneva is drinking responsibly -- most of them are drinking to get drunk. These students also, for the most part. are the ones getting high on the weekends. To my knowledge, these students are bad at academics as well. I hate to be the one generalizing, but it seems to be the students who like to be outright rude that are doing these things. They don't have respect, and they are the ones causing issues with verbal abuse and such. Maybe you parents don't hear about it, and some kids don't think they are being laughed at, but they really are. If you just stop and listen (yes, I am encouraging eavesdropping, as it seems to be the only way to understand the truth) you will hear some awful things. I'm sorry if I have been somewhat rude, but I can't help but express the correlation between underage drinkers/drug users and irresponsibility/disrespect.
Colin C. November 15, 2012 at 02:08 PM
My daughter lives in England. Her boyfriend is a German national and they both travel a lot on the Continent. They both have mentioned on several occasions that heavy, binge drinking among youth and resulting public drunken behavior is a real problem in nearly every city that they have visited.
Courtney Caruso November 22, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Tears have came to my eyes reading all the misinformed opinions that some of you have written about my dad. My dad is an incredible father and role model in my life. He has made a wonderful life for my family. There were many parents there, and none of them in any way were allowing teenage drinking. As for Bob McQuillan, you make me sick. My dad wouldn't sit behind a computer screen and berate a complete stranger, especially when he does not know anything close to the full/true story, so please get off your high horse and realize the awful, close minded things you say behind your computer screen. My father is more of a man than you will ever be because of that. Mistakes were made in this HOUSE, it does not mean that it is his fault. For so many of you to say such awful things about my dad is disgusting. As for the Class of 2013, I happen to know a couple of you in the beginning of the season who were penalized for drinking, and also some that continued to drink after the incident. It is incredibly hypocritical of you all, considering your representation of the football team this year was no where close to stellar. My brother and his friends are some of my biggest role models, and are like family to me. The younger generation that has commented on this post has turned out to act more mature than most of you, and I find that sad. I love my dad and all of the boys, and your comments are incredibly hurtful. Think before you type.

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