PEGRAM, Tenn. (WKRN) — A Cheatham County man is charged with contributing to the delinquency of minors after deputies responding to a noise complaint discovered multiple teenagers drinking at his home.
A noise complaint and 911 calls were made Saturday about teenagers screaming and drinking at a home on Indian Springs Road in Pegram.
According to a report, several people fled the yard when Cheatham County deputies arrived at the scene. Authorities sealed off the property and began to investigate.
Michael Cagle admits he was at the property with his 15 and 19-year-old sons, who had spent much of the day riding four wheelers in the yard.
The police report indicates Cagle had been drinking, but Cagle told News 2 he was not aware that anyone underage was drinking.
Five minors were cited for underage consumption and released to their parents, according to the report. Four teenagers, not yet 21, were charged as adults for drinking underage and they were booked by deputies.
Cagle was charged with nine counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
He says he did not supply any minors with alcohol and he apologized to the other parents.
“I do apologize. I apologize that it happened. I didn’t want it to happen. I wouldn’t have allowed it to happen. But since it did happen, cops say I had to take the fall for it,” he told News 2.
In Tennessee, contributing to the delinquency of a minor is a serious violation of the law.
Any adult who aids or encourages a child to behave in an unruly manner or participate in delinquent activities is guilty of committing a Class A misdemeanor that may be tried in circuit or criminal court.
Class A misdemeanors are punishable by up to 11 months and 29 days in jail and fines up to $2,500.