A press release issued by the department on Thursday morning, Aug. 22, revealed some information about the case. According to police, the homeowners’ son had given permission to a friend (and a few additional friends) to use the home’s interior pool while the family was away on vacation.
“Word of the family being away quickly developed into an open party via text message, face to face communication, and cell phones,” stated the press release.
The Woodard family reportedly left for a vacation on July 19 and when they returned on July 28 discovered that someone had been living inside their home. Dirty dishes filled the sink, rotting food covered the kitchen counters and blankets had been taped over the windows to conceal the activities taking place inside the home.
Officials also reported that there was no forced entry into the main living area of the home, and that all parents of the arrested children except for one, were fully cooperative with the police department’s investigation.
Police charged five 14-year-old boys, two 14-year-old girls, one 15-year-old boy, one 16-year-old boy, three 17-year-old boys and one 17-year-old girls with trespassing into the main house.
All juveniles will be sent to the Juvenile Hearing Board with one exception of the juvenile who refused to cooperate. He will be sent to Rhode Island Family Court.
Police also stated that additional individuals may be charged in the future, “pending further investigation and cooperation.”