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Police charge 15 teenagers, including high school soccer team players, at Brunswick drinking party

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Police charge 15 teenagers, including high school soccer team players, at Brunswick drinking party

BRUNSWICK — Police broke up an underage drinking party at a home Saturday night and issued summonses for illegal drinking to 15 Brunswick High School students, including several members of the boys soccer team.

Officers responded just after 11 p.m. to the area of Union and Pleasant streets, where an anonymous caller to the Communities Against Substance Abuse tipline indicated the party was taking place, Brunswick Police Deputy Chief Marc Hagan said Monday.

Police found the 15 partygoers – all students at Brunswick High School and all under the age of 21 – in an unattached barn near the home of 18-year-old Satchel Toole, Hagan said. The students were allegedly drinking beer and mixed drinks.

Toole was charged with providing a place for minors to consume alcohol, a Class D misdemeanor. All other partygoers – a dozen 16- and 17-year-olds, as well as Angelo Gerardi and Cormick Gaughran, both 18 — were charged with illegal possession of alcohol by a minor. All live in Brunswick, according to Hagan.

Toole’s father was home at the time, but was not charged because he told police he was not aware of the number of teens at the party or that they were drinking. Hagan said police believed him, and added, “It does not appear as though attendees were drawing unnecessary attention to themselves.”

Toole and Gaughran are members of the Brunswick High School boys soccer team, according to media reports. The team is currently 8-5 after a win Friday against Lawrence High School.

A call to Brunswick High School Principal Donna Borrowick on Monday seeking information on the school’s alcohol policy was not immediately returned.