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Cops: Montgomery County Man Furnished Alcohol To Minors At ‘Sweet 16’ Party

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By Syma Chowdhry

LAFAYETTE HILL, Pa. (CBS) –We’ve heard about parents getting in trouble for throwing drinking parties, and according to an affidavit, that’s exactly what happened at this home.

Police say the father of a teenage girl was not only hosting a party where minors were drinking, but he was the one providing the alcohol.

Someone called police after a teen passed out in the yard.

This home sits in a quiet neighborhood on Woodruff Road but a party here last month was anything but quiet.

Police say the homeowner, Art Blumenthal, threw his daughter a Sweet 16 party on Saturday, March 21.

The only problem, Blumenthal allegedly provided alcohol to the teens.

Police were called after a party goer was found unconscious on the lawn throwing up on himself.

Police went in the house and found more than 60 underage partygoers in the basement and garage with beer.

In the affidavit, police interviewed the teens and it was revealed that Blumenthal asked the sick teen to leave, walked around him as he lay in the yard and didn’t help him.

Another teen told police that Blumenthal asked for $5.00 if he planned on drinking. Once he paid, he was allowed inside.

And while at the home investigating, police saw a sign taped to the door stating, “No Beer Outside. If you go outside – go up street or other street- neighbors will call cops.”

Neighbor Clare Flocco says, “I guess that’s the end of the Sweet 16 party.”

This neighbor says the Blumenthal’s have lived here for many years and is shocked at the allegations.

“I don’t know how this party got out of hand because it’s unusual for somebody in this neighborhood to have that happen.”

CBS3’s Syma Chowdhry wanted to ask Blumenthal that, but no one was home.

Blumenthal is now facing 105 counts of charges, including reckless endangerment and corruption of minors.

His hearing is scheduled for May 7.

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