Former Chariho School Committee Member Pleads No-Contest

Jul 2, 2013

A former member of the Chariho School Committee has pleaded no contest to violating the state’s social host law.  The case stems from a party Terri Serra held for a group of teens back in 2011.

Terri Serra stood before Washington County Judge Kristin Rodgers and admitted procuring alcohol for minors at a party at her Richmond home. Some of the teens were injured after the party when their car crashed into a tree.

Terri Serra leaving Washington County Courthouse
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Rodgers sentenced Serra to a $500 fine and 150 hours of community service, half of which should be devoted to educating kids about the dangers of underage drinking.

She declined comment as she left court, letting her attorney, James Howe, do the talking for her, “it’s been a very difficult case for her. She appreciates the fact that the case is over. And she appreciates the insight that the court brought to this proceeding.”

Earlier this year a district court judge found Serra guilty of violating the social host law. She appealed to Superior Court, where she entered her no contest plea.  By appealing she saved herself a six-month suspended prison sentence.

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