New Charges Against Parents in Connection with After-Prom Party

By: Stephen McLamb, Bureau Chief
By: Stephen McLamb, Bureau Chief
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Lenoir City, Loudon County (WVLT) - An East Tennessee businessman and his wife have more charges Tuesday after going to court for an illegal prom party.

Jack and Katherine Butturini went to see a judge about the charges Tuesday morning. Instead they went back to jail on new charges.

Jack and Katherine Butturini appeared in a Loudon County courtroom to answer charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The charges stem from a May 6th prom party at their waterfront home. What they got in court were new charges of providing alcohol to underage persons.

“They're pretty shocked against the accusations against them,” says Joe Hoffer, the Butturinis attorney.

Twenty underage people were cited that night where some were under the age of 18.

“The majority of the citations we issued were for persons 18 and under 21,” says Loudon Assistant Chief Deputy Jimmy Davis. “So we were obligated to charge them with that charge also.”

Butturini's attorney maintains his client is innocent. “Mister Butturini doesn't act in a manor that is consistent with these charges. He takes care of the youth. He provides education and athletic opportunity for them.”

But authorities don’t see it that way.

“There were statements made at the scene. I was talking to one officer on the scene yesterday that they said it was pretty much an open bar at their house,” Chief Davis says.

The Butturinis were booked and released on a signature bond and Jack Butturini has said those cited on his property were trespassing.

I understand there was some folks at their house,” Hoffer says. “There were some intoxicated, some unwanted teenagers that were there. But they had already taken care of the children that were at their home and had gone to bed.”

Most of those underage are due in court on May 23rd. The Butturinis are set to come back to court June 27th.

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  • by luke Location: knoxville on Aug 18, 2007 at 02:26 AM
    Martial Arts America is about to conduct it's Grand Opening. This is a business operated by Jack Butturini, I believe. It will be interesting to see if he promotes integrity, responsibility etc., when his own character has been deeply questioned. Judicial Diversion does not mean innocence. The charges against the Butturini's have been set aside pending the Butturini's meeting agreed upon conditions, as I understand it, until June 2008. I think the conditions are along the lines of no alcohol parties for teens, and a basic compliance with the law. So if there is any declaration that the charges have been dropped because of innocence, that is just not the way I read the Dist. Attorney's agreement with the Butturini's. I believe parents should be aware of this when the are looking for a karate teacher of school.
  • by john Location: knoxville on May 25, 2007 at 02:09 AM
    I do not believe this man accepts any responsibility when things go wrong. You can judge for yourself by checking out this website journal_view.asp?contact_id=122 - 70k Go to the May 19, 2005 entry made by Mr. Butturini and see how he recalls the details of a tragic event. He states he really does not believe he did anything wrong; however, everyone else surely did. From the victim himself breaking away from the group to dive into the pool, to a hungover and lecherous lifeguard, to well intentioned, but ignorant bystanders. Does he feel any responsibility for his staff, seemingly, not keeping close watch on the now victim, for what may have been 30 minutes? I don't decide. I believe Mr. Butturini's insurance paid out about 1 million dollars, and he settled the lawsuit before it went to trial. His account seems kind of eerie. He recounts his emotions at the time, but can you imagine those of the victims family. The statement he waited and 6 months later he reads in the paper about a lawsuit, seems to imply financial motives on the part of those who filed the suit, and it seems to further the portrayal of himself as victim. Who really was the decide.
  • by Tom Location: OR on May 24, 2007 at 12:37 PM
    I think this man has now downplayed his involvement. I believe I read a story once about a youngster drowning at one of his events. Seems he never pays attention or accepts the responsibility.
  • by Joan Location: Knoxville on May 22, 2007 at 01:36 AM
    I'm a former resident of Farragut. This man and his wife have done very well in the Farragut Community and a very likeable couple. I find it very hard to believe they could have a party going on at the house with that many people and not know something was going on. His daughter was there why didn't she call her parents when she saw thing getting out of control. The stories are very conflicting. You have the Police saying it was one of the largest parties they've raided and you've got the homeowners who didn't know anything about what was going on. Then you have the mother who was making breakfast, for the kids that he said were in bed. "Quote I went to bed about 12:30 when my daughter arrived home from the prom an they went to bed. Sorry but it doesn't all add up. Someone is not telling the truth. I can tell you this when the kids appear before the judge you can bet they will say they were given the alcohol at the Butturinis home because there not going to rat out where they really did get it. So who do you believe? I believe everyone is at fault here. They all should be punished. This is one reason Farragut and many other schools do Project Graduation to keep the kids off the street so they are safe and alcohol free. Parents Your as guilty as they are. You don't have Angels for kids so wake up. You know what Prom night is all about and you know this can happen to anyones kids. Parents you have an obligation to put your foot down on these nights or they could be traggic for some. That is the very sad part of it all. Thank God no one was hurt in a car accident. My blessing to all of you. I hope this has been a wake up call for alot of you.
  • by Patti Location: Knoxville on May 21, 2007 at 01:12 PM
    Everyone is jumping to conclusions. Mr. Butturini has done more good for the youth in our community than anyone. I took my son to his school for four years and I know that he is an extremely decent person. These people are scum? You obviously don't know anything about them.
  • by Mickey Location: Maryville on May 17, 2007 at 09:48 PM
    In my opinion, he is most likely involved in other things I wouldn't want my children around
  • by len Location: knoxville on May 17, 2007 at 01:43 AM
    Parents Beware!! Your children deserve better!! This man does not live at all by the solemn creed he sells to the youth of our community.Fact is he does not live by his creed in his business life or now obviously personal life.
  • by Sheril Location: Seymour TN on May 16, 2007 at 08:12 AM
    Adults should know better than provide a place for drinking But if some where given citations then why not all and can you charge with under age drinking if no subrity test where given or breatilizers for the underage kids there the police piked which ones to cite and did not cite all of them
  • by Joe Location: Farragut on May 15, 2007 at 11:31 PM
    These two people are scum. They knew these kids were there. If he is such a tough karate master then why didn't he throw the "trespassers" off of his property! I think that he should practice what he preaches about taking responsiblity for his own actions and stop blaming others for his stupidity.
  • by john Location: farragut on May 15, 2007 at 09:36 PM
    Seems like law inforcement has once again taken the opportunity to make things worse rather than help out. The news reports states that none of the invited guests were sited with under age drinking, so why did the police not help to get things under control by helping Mr. Butturini get rid of the party crashers outside of the house or even uninvited guests inside the home instead of trying to barge in and make matters worse. Judging by Loudon's law inforcments recent performance maybe they should concentrate more on catching people in stolen semi tractor trailer trucks....
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