PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – A woman accused of providing alcohol to a group of underage teens during a party at her home is heading to trial.
According to Penn Township Police, Linda Swope held the party at her Whistle Drive home on Feb. 13.
A total of 20 underage teenagers attended the party.
Today, Swope waived her preliminary hearing and will now go to trial.
“In my opinion, I want the defendant in this case, Ms. Swope, held accountable. I want a message sent to our community members and the adults out there that this type of behavior is dangerous. It can be deadly, and we will hold those responsible that we find are doing this type of activity,” Penn Township Police Chief John Otto said.
According to police, video they obtained of the party shows Swope allegedly chugging beer with the teens and laughing at a passed-out girl.
“The allegations are that basically, she not only furnished the alcohol, the place for the party to take place, but encouraged the minors in this particular case to become intoxicated, participate in the drinking activities,” Otto said.
Police found out when a Penn Trafford High School student showed a school resource officer the video of the incident.
“The kids are continuing to cooperate with this investigation. Nice kids, helping us out, putting a lot of pieces together for us, and we will certainly hold them responsible for their actions. The manner in which we’ll do that will play out over time,” Otto said. “We will certainly work with them, but at the end of the day, hold them responsible for their actions as well.”
Police said none of the kids suffered any other ill effects from the party except for maybe a few hangovers.
Swope is facing charges of corruption of minors, reckless endangerment and providing alcohol to minors.
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