Barrington resident changes plea in social host case

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Bullock Avenue resident Bruce Becker, who was charged with violating the state’s social host law after he allegedly hosted an underage drinking party at his home in late July, changed his plea from not guilty to no contest on Friday, Aug. 23.

Judge Mary McCaffrey ruled that Mr. Becker had to pay a $500 fine and court costs; the total fee came to $638.50.

Barrington police arrested Mr. Becker, a physician and Brown University professor, on July 30, after he allegedly hosted a large underage drinking party at his home to celebrate his son’s 18th birthday.

Police received a phone call from a neighbor at about 10 p.m. due to loud music coming from the property. The first officer to arrive on scene noticed some cars parked along the road near the home, and along the driveway.

He then reportedly spotted three teenage boys walking toward his cruiser — two of the boys were carrying beer and dropped the cans when they saw the officer.

A few moments later, as the officer neared the home, he reportedly spotted Mr. Becker whom he recognized. The officer stated that Mr. Becker than ran toward the rear of the residence and shouted “Oh my God, the police are here! Everyone run!”

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