POWAY, Calif. – A California father was arrested and cited for a social host ordinance violation after police allege he hosted an underage, Playboy Mansion-themed 18th birthday party for his daughter and 200 friends.
Police found two teens passed out unconscious and numerous others drinking alcohol when they responded to neighbor complaints about an underage drinking party on Camino Del Valle in an upscale Poway neighborhood last Friday, 10 News reports.
The shin-dig was organized as a “Liv’s Playboy Mansion” party to celebrate the 18th birthday of Poway High School student Olivia Lake, daughter of Jeff Lake – a medical marijuana attorney who was home when police arrived, according to the news site.
Olivia Lake’s mother, Jacki Lake, is a former PTA president at Poway High School, but it is unclear whether she attended her daughter’s bash.
Sheriff’s deputies allege there were as many as 200 teens at the party, and many of the girls were dressed in lingerie and wearing bunny ears, according to the San Francisco Gate.
“They arrested Olivia’s father … and charged him with violating Poway’s social host ordinance,” 10 News reports. “That ordinance makes it illegal to host a party where underage individuals consume alcohol. It comes with a possible 6-month jail sentence.”
“Lake will also have to pay $3,600 to reimburse the time it took for deputies to clear the scene,” according to the news site.
Poway Mayor Steve Vaus condemned the party as “a disaster waiting to happen.”
“You have a party like this and it’s as though you’re handing out hand grenades as party favors,” he told 10 News.
“I’d like to put a scarlet letter in front of the homes of people that do this, to say you can’t trust these folks, they make bad decisions related to kids’ safety,” Vaus said.
Jeff Lake did not respond to media inquiries about the party, but released a statement instead.
In the three-page statement, Lake provided the invitation sent out to his daughter’s friends for the party, which warns against underage drinking and encourages party-goers to behave themselves.
Lake alleges that police arrived at his home around 10:30 p.m., and stated that a neighbor complained that they witnessed a minor drinking alcohol in the street, but wouldn’t provide further details. He alleges all gates and doors to his home were closed and the music was off when officers arrived.
When sheriff’s deputies made their way toward his back gate, Lake allegedly asked them to stop and to provide a warrant, but they handcuffed him instead and ordered him to sit on the curb in the street.
“I told them they could not enter my property because of the Fourth Amendment and one of the sheriffs (told) me to ‘learn the law better,’” Lake wrote, according to the statement posted to the 10 News site.
“Another told me ‘This place is mine now.’ At that point several sheriffs entered my property through the gate and went into my home,” Lake wrote.
Lake contends that he repeatedly asked if he was under arrest and told he wasn’t, but remained handcuffed and eventually taken to San Diego Central Jail where he was booked, stayed the night, and was released on a $200 bail.
Lake also cited the municipal code referenced on his arrest records, explained why he doesn’t believe he violated the code, and pointed out that “the Sheriff’s Department has yet to provide me with any evidence that any minors consumed any alcohol at the gathering,” according to the statement.
“Despite my family’s intentions to provide my daughter a fun and safe 18th birthday party in the privacy of our own home, and in defiance of my efforts to provide a drug and alcohol free environment for my daughter and her friends to celebrate what should have been the beginning of a wonderful 18th year, it appears that uninvited troublemakers on a public street created a scenario which has resulted in exactly the opposite; leaving my family to deal with the consequences of their actions,” he wrote.
“I will address the defamation and constitutional violations I have suffered when appropriate,” he added. “In the meantime, I welcome the debate of the very important issues raised above.”
Many pictures from the party were posted on social media, some depicting teen female attendees in skimpy outfits, and one with Olivia Lake in a revealing top with a pipe in her mouth. Those images were originally public, but were later changed to private, according to media reports.
On Saturday, the day after the party, Olivia Lake Tweeted to her friends: “Huge thanks to everyone who was able to be a part of last night! I hope you all had a damn good time and that you’re all okay and safe.”