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 contends that alcohol was snuck into the party without the couple’s knowledge.

said William and Kimberly Opferman, of the 8100 block of Valley View Drive in , 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 . 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 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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Ed January 27, 2012 at 01:31 PM
It's hard to determine who is the bigger loser in the family, the kids or the parents.
Valerie January 27, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Even if the alcohol was "snuck in the house" why are they hosting a party for 30+ children and not checking on them?? I am sorry but when my son has friends over I always check in on them. I do believe they should be charged, they were responsible for all these children and failed to properly supervise them.
Michele Schwartz January 27, 2012 at 09:01 PM
don't think that the Parents are telling the truth....at all..
Steve T. January 27, 2012 at 09:50 PM
I believe I read that when the police showed up one of the homeowner's yelled to the kids to get in the basement. Thankfully the police were called because alcohol poisoning can be deadly. The excuse "we had no idea" is a joke!
Dee January 28, 2012 at 02:46 PM
They need to be hung for this one. They are lucky noone was killed by their "cool parenting" skills or raped while unconscious! Garbage!!


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