SOUTHINGTON - A local woman charged with allowing teenagers to drink alcohol and smoke marijuana in her home has been denied a bid for a program that could have kept her record clean.
Tricia Angelo, 43, of 119 Milldale Ave., pleaded not guilty to a single count of risk of injury to a minor after learning of the judge’s decision to deny her application for Accelerated Rehabilitation, during a hearing on Friday in Bristol Superior Court.
“I do put a lot of weight into the rights of victims under our constitution,” Judge John Cronan said in his decision, after court officials noted that the parents of the complainant objected to Angelo using the program.
The program could have allowed Angelo to avoid a criminal conviction without going to a trial. Cronan said Friday that a resolution without a trial is still possible.
Angelo is due back in court on Feb. 15.
According to the arrest warrant, police allege that Angelo let her son and some of his friends have small parties in her home for about two months, showing them how to smoke marijuana from a glass bowl at one point.
When police spoke to Angelo about the investigation, she adamantly denied letting anyone drink or use drugs in her home, the document states. She said her son’s friends slept over from time to time, but that they know she does not allow anything illegal.
Police began investigating on Aug. 11, when a 14 year old and his mother went to the police department to speak with officers about some “disturbing” text messages the mother had found between her son and his friend’s mother, Angelo, the warrant said.
The state’s Department of Children and Families was made aware of the allegations, but the agency declined to get involved, according to the warrant.
The text messages showed the teen and Angelo talking about his experiences using marijuana, according to police. They also showed the juvenile asking her if he could get drunk in her home and if she could take him to buy “a gram,” the warrant said. A gram is a common slang term to buy a quantity of drugs.
Angelo, according to the warrant, told the teen she would not take him to buy a gram and said he did not “need it tonight,” as it was a Sunday, when referencing his inquiry about getting drunk. When he asked why not, she said “you will get all wild and I am not staying up with you tonight,” the warrant said. She then, the warrant continued, said he and his friends could have one “beer each if you want but only if your (sic) quiet.”
The 14 year old told police Angelo regularly let he and his friends “party” in her home for about two months, saying she had a refrigerator “stocked” with beer, and that they sometimes ask for it and, other times, she offers it, the warrant alleges.
On one occasion, the teen told police, Angelo allegedly drank with the teenagers. On another occasion, in late June, one of the friends brought marijuana over and Angelo allegedly said “maybe” to allowing them to smoke it, the warrant continued. She then went into her room and, when she returned, had a bowl to smoke the marijuana and taught the teens how, police wrote in the affidavit. The teen said he smoked marijuana in the home other times after that and that Angelo was present when he did.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.