Mom Avoids Jail After Teen Party at Home

Woman arrested while teen party took place in Fallbrook at her home

By Eric S. Page
|  Wednesday, Feb 17, 2010  |  Updated 4:19 PM PDT
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Mom Avoids Jail After Teen Party at Home

Chris Nichols/North County Times

A trampled chain-link fence sits in front of Deborah Gibney's home on Greenacres Road in Fallbrook. Gibney said the fence is evidence that dozens of teens crashed a party at her home earlier this month.

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A San Diego County woman who allowed teenagers to drink themselves sick at a party has avoided jail time.
  
Deborah Gibney was sentenced to three years of probation and a $300 fine, according to the district attorney's office.

The 47-year-old Fallbrook woman pleaded guilty to violating a county ordinance requiring hosts to verify the age of guests and control minors' access to alcohol. The misdemeanor carried a maximum sentence of a year in jail.

A dozen youngsters vomited after drinking at a party Gibney threw in June for her children and their friends to celebrate the end of the school year, prosecutors said. She was cited after bringing one teen to the hospital. She allegedly refused to stop and speak with a deputy about the girl she had just dropped off.

A call left for a Gibney in Fallbrook wasn't immediately returned Wednesday.

Gibney, a mother of three and a well-known volunteer, said she told the deputy at the hospital that she wanted to return to her Greenacres property, the North County Times reported last June. Earlier in the night, she said, dozens of booze-toting teens had swarmed her home, turning what she described as an innocent end-of-the-year celebration into a drunken blowout.

Gibney, the only adult host at the party, told the paper in June that she didn't call the sheriff's department because she doesn't trust Fallbrook's deputies, who she said routinely harass teens. She also repeatedly said that she did not provide any of the alcohol.

"My conscience is clear -- I did the right thing," Gibney told the paper last year.
 

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