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Salem teacher facing criminal charges for underage drinking party

Laura Mahuron (Source: Salem Community Schools) Laura Mahuron (Source: Salem Community Schools)

SALEM, IN (WAVE) – A middle school teacher will be charged criminally for an underage drinking party that police said was held at her house last weekend.

Laura Mahuron, who teaches science and social studies at Salem Middle School in Washington County, IN, will be charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Police said they caught twelve teenagers drinking at Mahuron's home during a high school graduation party for her daughter on May 26.

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Mahuron's husband John will face the same charge, which is a Class A misdemeanor and carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail. Jail time is not typical for a first offense.

The Mahurons will not be arrested in the typical sense. Instead, Washington County prosecutor Dustin Houchen issued a criminal summons Friday morning. The couple will be ordered to appear in court on June 25.

Eleven 18 and 19-year-olds will be charged independently for illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor.

Teddy Mahuron, the couple's 18-year-old daughter whose graduation was being celebrated, tested negative for alcohol. Houchen said the youngest person to test positive for alcohol at the party was 16.

Houchen would not comment on who supplied the alcohol.

In a statement released to WAVE 3, Dr. D. Lynn Reed, superintendent of the Salem Community Schools, said had the incident happened during the school year the normal procedure would be to place the employee on administrative leave without pay until the investigation was completed and the school board had made a decision. Since the situation occurred during summer break, Reed said administrative leave is not a concern.

Reed went on to say the charge was serious and that she and Ray Oppel, principal of Salem Middle School, will be gathering information and following procedures for investigating allegations of misconduct.

Because of the amount of time required to complete a thorough investigation, Reed said she did not expect to give the school board a recommendation on Mahuron's status by the June meeting. Reed stated she was confident a decision will be reached by the July 9 school board meeting.

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