Park City man avoids jail time for 2017 underage party
A Park City man who pleaded guilty to hosting an underage party at his home in the Trailside neighborhood in 2017 avoided jail time on Monday when a judge sentenced him to probation.
Adam David Childers, 46, had pleaded guilty to seven felony charges as part of a deal with prosecutors in which 10 other felony charges were dismissed.
Childers agreed to enter into a 36-month plea in abeyance to three counts of distribution of or arranging to distribute a controlled substance in the presence of a child, a second-degree felony; three counts of tampering with a witness, a third-degree felony; and one count of obstruction of justice, also a third-degree felony. If Childers successfully completes all the conditions outlined in the plea deal, his charges will be amended to class A misdemeanors, according to court documents.
Summit County’s 3rd District Court Judge Patrick Corum sentenced Childers to 36 months of supervised probation. He is restricted from using or possessing alcohol or illegal drugs, as well as attending places where alcohol is the primarily item of sale. He is required to enter into and successfully complete parenting classes and have no contact with the victims.
Prosecutors recommended last month that Childers serve a significant amount of time in jail for his role in hosting the underage party. Corum appeared to support the state’s recommendation, but was unclear how to impose it as part of a plea in abeyance.
Greg Skordas, Childers’ attorney, said prosecutors were still pushing for jail time on Monday. But, Corum chose to impose probation instead.
“He is still holding a lengthy jail term over his head, though,” Skordas said in an interview. “But, right now it is under abeyance and we will be watching to see how Adam does. In the last four months, he has done incredibly well and he has done everything the court asked him to do.”
Skordas said two of the victims in the case asked the court not to impose jail time during the sentencing on Monday. He said it was indicative of the progress Childers has made in recent months.
“He has absolutely turned his life around,” he said.
Summit County Attorney Margaret Olson suggested statements made at sentencing influenced Corum’s decision not to impose jail time.
“These individuals changed their feelings about the penalty portion of the case and said they wanted Mr. Childers to have a second chance,” she said in an email.
Charges were filed in 3rd District Court earlier this year against Childers after prosecutors allege he hosted a party at his home that six teens — ages 14 and 15 — attended. He originally faced six counts of distribution of or arranging to distribute a controlled substance in the presence of a child, a second-degree felony; four counts of tampering with a witness, a third-degree felony; one count of obstructing justice, a third-degree felony; and six counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a class B misdemeanor.
Childers was arrested on Jan. 11. But, he was released after posting a $100,000 cash bail on Jan. 16.
Prosecutors alleged Childers encouraged the teens who attended the party to smoke marijuana that he provided and they agreed. He also invited a female stripper to the party who showed her breasts to the children, court documents state.
In January, law enforcement began questioning Childers about the party. Four of the children then went to Childers’ house and recorded conservations with him where he explicitly told them to lie to the police, charging documents state.
Prosecutors say Childers told the children to “deny, deny, deny” the accusations and keep their stories straight. The documents allege Childers threatened the teen he believed alerted the police and told the teens “he should not mess with” him.
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