Barrington Police Chief John LaCross issued a statement today, Aug. 27, in response to the local doctor who changed his plea in District Court last Friday to the charge of procuring alcohol for minors.
Bruce M. Becker, of 26 Bullock Ave., changed his plea from not guilty to nolo contendere -- no contest -- in what was a misdemeanor violation of the state’s “social host” law.
“Although Dr. Becker took responsibility for hosting an underage drinking party at his residence on July 30,” LaCross said, “it is still extremely disappointing that an adult, any adult, would even consider allowing minors to drink alcohol on his or her property in light of the devastating tragedies our town has faced over the recent years.
"His poor judgment is not a reflection of the many Barrington parents and community leaders who have worked tirelessly to keep our teens safe from alcohol use,” said LaCross.
The police chief has been an active member of The BAY Team -- Barrington's substance abuse prevention coalition -- for many years.
Becker paid a fine of $500 and court costs after appearing in front of Judge Mary McCaffrey. He pleaded not guilty in District Court on Aug. 7.