Clements pleads not guilty to hosting party

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Pretrial hearing set for Aug. 11

By Nick Schrager

By Jeff Moreland

Editor/General Manager

Local school board member Pat Clements appeared for an arraignment in Washington County District Court Monday afternoon, facing charges of violating the county’s social host ordinance. The charges stem from a party held on Clements’ property June 7.

Clements entered a not guilty plea, and a pre-trial hearing was set for Aug. 11.

The ordinance which Clements is charged with violating prohibits adults from providing alcohol or drugs to minors. Clements denied supplying alcohol or anything else to the minors in attendance at the party, and said it was originally intended to be a party for a small group of his daughter’s friends, but spread to a much larger event.

Clements has since told The Springfield Sun that he has no plans to step down from his position as a member of the local school board.

If convicted of violating the ordinance, Clements could receive a fine of up to $250 for the first-time offense, and may also be subject to penalties and/or incarceration under the provisions of chapters 244, 530 and 600, and other chapters of the Kentucky Revised Statues. He may also be subject to other civil actions by persons claiming to be damaged by violation of the provisions of the ordinance.