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Gov. Chafee son charged in beer party investigation

August 17, 2012

UPDATE: Governor Chafee has issued a statement saying that “Caleb will accept responsibility for his actions.” The governor also said that he and his wife “have taken this matter seriously.”

Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s son, Caleb Chafee, has been charged with a count of  violating  Rhode Island’s social host law that bars serving alcohol to people not old enough to meet the state’s 21-year old drinking age.

The single charge, announced by Atty. Gen. Peter Kilmartin’s office, comes after a state police investigation into a May 28 graduation party involving the governor’s 18-year old son at the Chafee family estate in Exeter.

The `social host law’ prohibits any person between the ages of  18 and 21 to permit “consumption of alcohol by underaged persons in his or her residence or on his or her real property.’’

Neither the governor, nor his wife, Stephanie Danforth Chafee, were present at the party. Caleb Chafee graduated from Portsmouth Abbey School and has been accepted to Brown University. An initial report of the party determined that an intoxicated underage woman was present at the party. Alexander Whitehouse, son of U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, also attended the party.

According to the attorney general’s office, conviction carries a fine of up to $500. In addition, the person convicted may be required to attend a Department of Health program that stresses the dangers of underage drinking and perform up to 30 hours of community service.

The charge is a civil infraction and does not rise to the level of a misdemeanor, according to Kilmartin spokeswoman Amy Kempe.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Rick Quiles permalink
    August 17, 2012 6:11 pm

    Is this what we pay the State Police to do? Isnt there more cost effective investigations in the interest of public safety without the obvious smell of political bias? NPR you may be losing a few donors if you keep this up!

  2. August 17, 2012 6:16 pm

    Just giving out the facts sir. Of course you do have a point. Or as a local wag told me lately: The newscast tease should be: “Governor Chafee has normal kid. Film at 11.”

  3. pam allard permalink
    August 17, 2012 6:23 pm

    I don’t know that I would call two infractions with alcohol in a 2 month span “normal” teenage behavior. From reading the police report his lack of regard for a human life that day is what stands out as abnormal and frightening (tossing the young girl- get her outta here!)

  4. August 17, 2012 7:18 pm

    Glad to Caleb taking responsibility, and his parents taking this seriously. Also glad to see the State Police and RIPR’s Scott MacKay investigating and reporting on it. In my opinion, as RICARES “Recovery Community Member of the Year, it is important to send a clear signal to young people that the abuse of alcohol (or any other drug) will not be tolerated.

  5. August 17, 2012 7:38 pm

    sounds like he”ll fit right into Brown without missing a beat…….

  6. M. Charles Bakst permalink
    August 17, 2012 7:57 pm

    I agree with Ben Coleman and I resent J. Celenza’s cheap comment. M. Charles Bakst (Brown ’66)

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