Oak Ridge Mom Pleads in Case of Drinking Game with Juveniles
KINGSTON — An Oak Ridge woman with an extensive criminal record has pleaded guilty to two counts of violation of the state’s Social Host Law by allegedly playing “beer pong,” a drinking game, with her underage son and three other juveniles.
Misti Dawn Butler, 38, told the juveniles she was serving them “child’s alcohol” when she gave beer to them during spring break in late March, court records indicate.
Authorities learned of the drinking episode when Butler’s son, who lives in Florida with his dad, mentioned it during a session with a therapist, who called the father.
The dad then heard a recording on his son’s phone of him talking to his friends about the incident, according to court records.
Butler, who lives in the Roane County section of Oak Ridge, entered her guilty pleas Monday in Roane County General Sessions Court.
She had originally been charged with four counts of contributing to the delinquency of minors, but District Attorney General Russell Johnson said anti-alcohol groups requested the charge be amended to violation of the Social Host Law, which carries a stiffer penalty.
She will have to perform 200 hours of community service and pay a $250 contribution to the Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition on each count, Johnson said.
She was also fined a total of $500, the DA said.
Butler has had several different criminal charges filed against her in Anderson County, records show.
As part of her plea Monday, she will be on 11 months, 29 days of supervised probation concurrently with an existing probation stemming from an aggravated burglary conviction in Anderson County, records show.
By Knoxville News Sentinel staff Published June 18, 2013