Attorney Says Parents Weren't Aware of Underage Drinking Bash in their House
Another hearing is scheduled for March 14.
An attorney whose clients are accused of hosting an underage drinking bash on New Year’s Eve contends that alcohol was snuck into the party without the couple’s knowledge.
Local police said William and Kimberly Opferman, of the 8100 block of Valley View Drive in Tinley Park, allowed as many as 30 children between the ages of 14 and 17 to drink alcohol on their property.
Officers showed up at the Opferman house around 10:30 p.m. that night to investigate a noise complaint and reported seeing partygoers rushing into the basement with beer cans. An officer who approached the front door said he heard a male voice telling everyone to hide downstairs because the cops were there.
According to the police report, a boy was found in the laundry room, dazed and lying in his own vomit.
But after court on Thursday, defense attorney Frank Carey sang a different tune.
“Our position is, we didn’t know kids were sneaking in alcohol in through the window,” Carey said, though he didn't expound on the details of the event.
Carey acknowledged receipt of the Tinley Park police reports Thursday as evidence. The Opfermans were each charged with unlawfully allowing a minor to become intoxicated and posted $300 total for their release from lockup on Jan. 1.
They declined to speak of the charges earlier this month. When a reporter called William Opferman on Thursday seeking comment, he heard a muffled phone exchange and then a woman saying, “No comment,” and nothing else before abruptly hanging up.
The next pretrial hearing is set at the Cook County Fifth Municipal District Courthouse in Bridgeview on March 14.
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