Mom Will Be Tried After Party Bust

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

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    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.

    A mother who was arrested after a teen party at her home is accused of violating the county's social host ordinance and will be tried in December, according to officials.

    During the party, Deborah Gibney, 46, allegedly drove an extremely intoxicated 17-year-old girl to the hospital. Gibney was jailed on June 10 on suspicion of violating the ordinance, as well as child endangerment and obstructing an officer, all in the early morning hours after the party, sheriff's officials told the North County Times in June. Investigators said she was arrested at about 3 a.m. at Fallbrook Hospital after she refused to stop and speak with a deputy about the girl she had just dropped off.

    Last Thursday, Gibney, who has three children herself, pleaded not guilty via fax to violating the ordinance and a charge of resisting or obstructing an officer from his duties. Both charges are misdemeanors.

    Gibney, a mother of three and a well-known volunteer, said she told the deputy that she wanted to return to her Greenacres property. 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, has said 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 in June.

    Gibney could be fined as much as $1,000 and be sentenced to up to six months in jail.

    A trial has been scheduled for Dec. 23.