Brown Doctor Accused of Allowing Teens to Drink Alcohol

Aug 7, 2013

Brown University Medical School professor and doctor at Rhode Island hospital is expected in court Wednesday on charges he violated Rhode Island’s social host law. Bruce Becker is accused of allowing alcohol at a birthday party for his 18-year-old son at their home in Barrington.

Brown University’s website lists Becker as a faculty member at the school’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies. According to his biography, Becker’s research focuses on smoking cessation. He is also listed as an attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Rhode Island Hospital.

According to WPRI, police broke up a party at Becker’s home on July 30th. Police allegedly saw scores of teens leaving the property and heard Becker yell out, “oh god the police are here! Everyone run.”

Police also described seeing a game of beer pong set up on the lawn.

Becker told police he did not purchase the beer the teens were allegedly drinking at the party. The maximum penalty for first-time violations of Rhode Island’s social host law is a fine up to $1,000 and as much as 6 months of jail time.