Barrington police chief responds to Becker plea agreement

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Barrington Police Chief John LaCross believes one case of poor parenting should not act as a commentary on all Barrington parents.

The chief issued a press release on Tuesday morning, Aug. 27, reacting to the changed plea of Barrington's Dr. Bruce Becker. The Bullock Avenue resident was charged with procuring or purchasing alcohol for minors after he allegedly hosted an underage drinking party at his home in late July. Initially, Dr. Becker pleaded not guilty to the charge, but on Friday, Aug. 23, he changed his plea to no contest.

“Although Dr. Becker took responsibility for hosting an underage drinking party at his residence on July 30th, 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," Chief LaCross said in the release.

The veteran law enforcement officer went on to say that Dr. Becker's alleged behavior is not shared by other Barrington parents.

"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," he said.

District Court Judge Mary McCaffrey ruled that Dr. Becker had to pay a $500 fine and court costs, after the change in his plea.

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