For Immediate Release - May 10, 2012

Beverly Mother Found Guilty of Hosting Underage Drinking Party

A Salem District Court jury found Tiffany Clark, 37, of 903 Manor Road, Beverly, guilty today of furnishing alcohol to underage party guests after just one hour of deliberations.  Judge Robert A. Brennan sentenced her to one year in the House of Correction with six months to be served.  The balance of that sentenced is suspended for three years during which she will be under house arrest for six months, must submit to substance abuse and mental health evaluations, and pay $100 restitution to the victim. 

Assistant District Attorney Heidi Sylvanowicz proved that on October 30, 2010 Tiffany Clark knowingly allowed her daughter’s friends to consume alcohol in her home.  One of the guests, who was 16 at the time, had to be taken to the hospital as a result of consuming too much alcohol.  Police were twice called to the home due to complaints of a loud party with underage guests.

District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said, “This verdict sends a clear message to adults who think they can control a gathering of underage drinkers or that by providing young people with a place to drink that they are keeping them safe.  A young woman went to the hospital and it is fortunate that nothing more serious occurred.  That outcome is predictable as well as preventable.  With prom and graduation season upon us, it bears repeating, that there is no such thing as a safe underage drinking party.” 

Sylvanowicz praised the Beverly Police for their work on the investigation.  Ms. Clark was represented by Eitan Goldberg.