Former teacher given probation in alcohol case

Guilty plea in underage drinking party incident

March 16, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A former Carroll County student teacher received probation yesterday after pleading guilty to a single charge of allowing an under-age high school student to drink alcohol at a party at her Westminster home last year.

The sentencing ends a case that began with more serious felony charges alleging that Tracie L. Mokry, 22, of Westminster had sexual relations with two boys.

Mokry will have no criminal record if she successfully completes one year of probation, pays a $100 fine and court costs and performs 50 hours of community service. The former Francis Scott Key High School teacher accepted the terms as part of the probation before judgment offered by Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr.

According to an agreed statement of facts, Mokry threw a party April 28 and into the next morning at her home in the 1300 block of Pinch Valley Road. Several students showed up, and Mokry saw a then-17-year-old senior drinking heavily from the available beer and liquor.

The youth later was stopped by a police officer and found to have a blood-alcohol level of 0.21.

As part of the guilty plea, prosecutors dropped a second identical charge against Mokry.

Deputy State's Attorney Tracy A. Gilmore and others have declined to say why the office dropped the original felony sex charges and pursued only misdemeanor charges of contributing to the condition of a child.

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