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.