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.
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