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Man charged with violating coronavirus order by hosting party for teenagers at Carroll County hotel

A 26-year-old Lutherville man who allegedly hosted a party of 10 teenage guests at a Carroll County hotel was served a criminal summons Monday.

Ryan M. Serra was charged by Maryland State Police with violating the governor’s executive order and 10 counts of allowing a minor to possess alcohol. Serra was charged on a criminal summons, which was served on him by state police at his home just before 2 p.m.

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The maximum penalty for violating the executive order is one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $5,000.

According to a news release from state police, the agency received a report of a party at the Boston Inn in Westminster just after 7 p.m. Sunday. The caller indicated the party involved individuals under the legal drinking age.

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Troopers knocked on the door of the room and announced their presence, according to the release, and Serra answered the door and spoke to police. Ten juveniles aged 15 to 17, six male and four female, “came out of the bathroom area of the hotel room where they had apparently been attempting to hide. An empty liquor bottle was observed in the room,” according to the release.

Troopers allege through investigation that Serra purchased alcohol for the juveniles knowing they were under the legal drinking age. No one in the room appeared to be intoxicated. Troopers contacted the parents of the juveniles and they were released into their parents custody.

After consulting with the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office, police applied for charges against the suspect with the District Court Commissioner’s Office. In the course of criminal summons, a person is not placed under arrest and processed. Therefore, a booking photo is not taken.

Charges were not filed against any of the juveniles.

“As part of the state’s effort to combat the COVID-19 virus, Maryland State Police will continue to enforce the Governor’s Executive Order which requires non-essential businesses to close, assembly of only ten persons or less and, as of today, staying at home unless travel is essential,” according to the release.

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