Sentencing of Park City man who hosted underage party delayed
October 16, 2018
The sentencing of a Park City man who pleaded guilty to felony charges stemming from an underage party held in his Trailside home in 2017 has been delayed to give the court more time to determine his punishment, though prosecutors are recommending jail time.
Adam David Childers, 46, pleaded guilty in Summit County's 3rd District Court in July to seven charges as part of a deal with prosecutors. Ten other charges were dropped.
Childers appeared in court on Oct. 12 with his attorney, Greg Skordas. Skordas said Childers recently completed an intensive in-patient rehabilitation program.
Skordas asked Judge Patrick Corum to allow the time Childers spent in recovery to serve as the jail time that was recommended by Adult Probation and Parole.
"To the surprise of everyone, myself included, he has been a huge success in that program and has absolutely turned his life around," he said. "He is working again and is supporting his son. This one is pretty much the exception in what he has done to turn his life around in the last couple of months."
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 obstructing 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.
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Childers' charges stem from allegations that 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.
Prosecutors alleged Childers encouraged the teens who attended the party to smoke marijuana. He also invited a female stripper to the party who showed her breasts to the children, court documents state. Childers allegedly collected the children's cellphones to prevent them from documenting the party.
Blake Hills, a Summit County prosecutor, maintained the state's recommendation that Childers serve time in jail.
"This was outrageous," Hills said. "No parents anticipate his or her child going to a party to be provided with illegal drugs and being exposed to strippers as occurred in this case."
Hill said Childers has avoided responsibility in the case, citing police recordings where he told the teens to "deny, deny, deny" that he gave them drugs if questioned by law enforcement.
"He talked to them about who he believed the snitch was and made statements that 'snitches get stitches' and other statements that indicated a desire to obtain revenge," he said. "This conduct, coupled with his failure to accept complete responsibility, indicates that jail time is appropriate and needed as punishment."
Corum indicated that he supported Hills' recommendation of jail time. But, he was unsure how to impose it as part of a plea in abeyance, questioning his authority in the matter.
"I agree he has made substantial changes, but I think jail time is warranted," Corum said. "I really do. I think it is justified. His conduct was egregious. But, I spent a fair amount of time yesterday trying to figure out how to impose it and I have not come up with a satisfactory answer."
Childers is scheduled to be sentenced at 11 a.m. on Nov. 19 and the case was set over for a plea in abeyance review.
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