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Governor's Son Sentenced for Violating State's Social Host Law

Caleb Chafee, son of Gov. Lincoln Chafee, appeared in court today on the charge of violating the state's Social Host Law.


Caleb Chafee, 18, the son of Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, was sentenced today in Washington County District Court on the charge of violating the state's social host law. 

Chafee pleaded no contest to the charge and was sentenced to perform 30 hours of community service, as well as pay a $500 fine, reports "The Providence Journal." The governor's son must also write an essay and visit Rhode Island Hospital. 

Chafee was charged with violating the social host law after a graduation party in Exeter on May 28. State Police began investigating after a  walking along Route 102 after apparently leaving the party. 

This is the second incident in the past year in which Chafee has been involved with police.

In April, the teen was arrested after allegedly attempting to purchase beer in Jamestown. He pleaded no contest to the charge and was ordered to pay a $100 fine, according to "The Providence Journal." 

What do you think about the sentence? Tell us in the comment section below. 

Class of 98 August 22, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Wow. Second incident in less than a year and gets another slap on the wrist.
Margaret August 22, 2012 at 05:27 PM
I suppose his third "incident"--stay tuned--since the law and his dad apparently don't see the danger this young man is placing himself and others in--then he may get the discipline and help he needs?? two incidents in LESS THAN TWO MONTHS--he obviously was seriously deterred by that $100 fine for the April "incident"--what happened to the proper description of he committed a "crime"! OH YEA! how was the THREE DOLLARS and FIFTY CENTS court costs fine calculated for the first offense? What court session costs the state a miniscule $3.50?? just ridiculous! ZERO court costs fine this court session(s)? write an essay??? are these know-it-alls serious??
Irene Walls August 22, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Margaret: What do you think would be a just sentence? In the first instance, young Caleb was charged with trying to purchase alcohol while a minor and in the second instance he was charged with hosting a party where alcohol was consumed by a minor. Now, really. He wasn't accused of DWI, larceny, armed robbery, etc. He made two mistakes, was caught and has paid the price. Would you have him serve jail time? For what? Who are you calling a "know-it-all"?
Class of 98 August 22, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Not to take away from Margaret but I would've liked to have seen a a fine in the neighboorhood of $1500 and closer to 100 hours of community service...possibly AA classes.
Margaret August 22, 2012 at 07:23 PM
I would not suggest jail time--that would only serve to teach him more criminal behavior at this young age I would suggest minimum 10 days & nights stay at alcoholic rehab center to witness the consequences of alcohol and all its glories. The community service tend to be nothing more than washing police vehicles, etc. It's inconvenient in a young "socialite' schedule but certainly no responsible social behavior lesson The most dangerous act on his part (IMO) was his telling a "highly intoxicated 18 yr old girl not to call 911 until she was away from the property" We, Irene, were young and foolish not so long ago :) That to me is no different than a person feeling in sufficient danger to want to call 911 being denied access to a telephone by the abuser Monetary responsibility (fine) will never suffice to impress on the young mind the value of human safety-- which he risked as soon as that minor was served alcohol on that property but most of all when she left to walk out in the middle of the night. I don't know if you're a Mom--I know that I would demand higher level of responsible actions taken so this young man gets the message and FAST! But I am certainly no expert, image managing, push to expunge the record before the sentencing ink is dry "know-it-all" What is this young man to believe when the morning after this second "incident, the first "incident" record is expunged? My son would have learned that it's "OK"--no big deal at all--let's parteeeeeee
Irene Walls August 22, 2012 at 08:27 PM
I am a mother of 3 grown children. You don't think Caleb is ashamed/embarrassed at being in a courtroom, the butt of jokes and headline on the news and in the newspaper? I believe he has paid dearly for his misdeeds. He should be treated like any other young person convicted of these actions. I think he has been.
Margaret August 22, 2012 at 09:17 PM
ashamed, embarassed, expunged hmmmmm paid dearly? $500 for risking the health if not life of an invited guest most likely friend? hmmmm Walk down route 102 in Exeter in the middle of the night Irene but please do it sober in order to grasp how dangerous that was-- keeping her in the house and calling 911 would have had me praising Caleb for courage and responsible young adulthood. He discarded her safety instead My expectations would be no different if he were Joe Blow's son down the street Give him a positive life value lesson and do it FAST
Irene Walls August 23, 2012 at 12:00 AM
How about his "guest" take some responsibility for herself? Young Chafee did not force the alcohol down her throat, did he? Was it ever established that he provided the alcohol? How do you know that the young woman did not bring it herself? In my experience, young people bring their own to a gathering. As far as "middle of the night on Route 102", I understood that it was late afternoon, daylight. I do not think that all the blame should be placed on one person...why don't you also blame the friends who brought her, who took her from the premises? I'm sorry, but I believe the girl should take some responsibility for her actions as well. Granted, Caleb Chafee did wrong, but so did others.
C.G. August 23, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Everyone needs to look at it as if it was their own child.. If your child did this, chances are you wouldn't want them in jail and you would only want them to get the minimal punishment. However, just because it's the son of the Governor, everyone believes he shouldn't get a slap on the wrist. Just because he's the governor's son doesn't mean his punishments should be more serious than others.. An example shouldn't be made out of him just because of who he is in relation to the governor, that would be unfair and uncivil.
Margaret August 23, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Not the blame the victim syndrome Irene! Oh Dear! It may have been early evening when the party abruptly ended (wondering why?) after starting in the morning The State Trooper responding to the scene where the girl was "rescued" on Route 102 reports the victim as "lethargic and unresponsive to questioning" requiring hospitalization! I don't care if it was 9AM--his instructions for no one to alert 911 until she was away from the property tells me he knew an emergency call was in order for this young girl and he chose dispense with her safety and save his own image instead Bottom line--he was fully aware of the drinking (-Troopers discovered a strong odor of alcohol in the area. Lt. Gill observed a large amount of empty beer bottles and wine bottles in the trash as well as a fridge fully stocked with various types of alcohol")---who brought it and who served is irrelevant-HIS party-HIS property-the girl once in health danger requiring emergency assistance should have been his only concern The guest obviously needs personal responsibility for her actions--being naive, young and foolish enough not to stay away from such situations. Her Mom attempting to not disclose "where" the party was until RI State Troopers involvement in the investigation obviously screams socialite circle image issues--that does not in any way negate Caleb's responsibility to assist that young girl in need of help. I don't care WHO he is
Ray Andrews August 23, 2012 at 04:52 PM
If you think "everyone needs to look at it as if it was their own child" and that for some reason the law shouldn't be applied to all people equally ... then you're part of the problem.
EG Taxpayer August 24, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Get a haircut, junior Chaffee. Does nobody know how to iron in the Chaffee household? When appearing in court, it is respectful to be proberly groomed and attired. There are many lessons yet for this young man to learn.
EG Taxpayer August 24, 2012 at 02:49 PM
oops, properly groomed and attired
Mom of 3 August 25, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Can we all admit that the drinking age being 21 has no effect on reducing drinking in the 18-21age group? It makes it forbidden fruit and encourages clandestine drinking. Most of us grew up with the drinking age at 18 and there is more binge drinking going on now then when the drinking age was 18. What drove the change in the legal drinking age was the fact that so many kids were drinking and driving - maybe we should just raise the driving age from 16 to 18.

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