February 6, 2013

Falmouth mother claimed all alcoholic drinks were hers, officer says

Six witnesses provide the most vivid details yet of an underage drinking party at the center of the trial of Barry and Paula Spencer.

By Matt Byrne mbyrne@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Barry Spencer talks with his wife Paula during the second day of the Spencers' trial for allegedly allowing teens to drink at their home in Falmouth last year.

John Patriquin / Staff Photographer

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District Attorney Stephanie Anderson questions Falmouth police officer Robert Ryder who points to the Spencer home during the second day of Barry and Paula Spencer's trial for allegedly allowing teens to drink at their home in Falmouth last year. Photo taken on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013.

John Patriquin / Staff Photographer

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"He said, 'If you have any alcohol, please get rid of it or don't bring it in,' " Cattell said.

Once he was inside the home, Cattell realized that others were drinking and retrieved a plastic bottle half-full of rum from his car.

"I broke his code," Cattell said, referring to Barry Spencer's warning against illegal drinking. Cattell said he drank "because everyone else was doing it."

When police arrived around midnight, Cattell watched from around a fire pit as a few dozen others fled into the woods, he said.

A 17-year-old senior at Falmouth High School, whose name is being withheld because of her age, said she was one of the students who ran into the stand of trees. While she stood on the edge of the wooded area waiting for her parents to pick her up, she said, a police officer tackled her, bruising her hip.

The girl said she saw Barry Spencer in the driveway of his home around 10:30 p.m., when she arrived, and he told her not to drink.

Her recollection of whether Spencer was checking bags was hazy, and she could not provide a clear answer as to whether she saw him check for booze.

The youngest to testify, a 15-year-old student from Portland, said she got a text message about the party and arrived around 11:30 p.m., only to be found by police a half-hour later.

When asked by Cumberland County District Attorney Stephanie Anderson why she was summonsed, the teenager did not mince words: "I was intoxicated."

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