Case Continued for High School Intern Who Allegedly Gave Teen Booze

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    Southington Police Department
    Police said Steven Bucchieri gave a 15-year-old high school student booze for a party on Halloween,

    The case has been continued for a Meriden man accused of giving alcohol to a 15-year-old student at Southington High School, where he interned.

    Police said Steven F. Bucchieri, 26, of Meriden, gave the female student alcohol on Halloween, when he was assigned as an intern at the high school. He's also accused of exchanging inappropriate text and Facebook messages with the teen.

    The student told police Bucchieri had been a substitute teacher in her math and biology classes and that the two began talking on Facebook about a week before Halloween, according to the application for an arrest warrant dated Feb. 27.

    The teen said Bucchieri delivered peach-flavored vodka to her house, which she brought to a party later that night, according to the warrant application.

    Bucchieri was arrested the afternoon of Feb. 28 and charged with sale or delivery of alcohol to a minor. The warrant application also sought to charge him with risk of injury to a minor.

    The student told investigators the two had communicated via Facebook and text message and had talked about drinking, smoking marijuana and having sex, according to the arrest warrant application.

    Police said there was no physical relationship reported between the student and Bucchieri.

    Bucchieri was placed on leave and is no longer an intern at the high school. Police said he was an intern from the University of Bridgeport.

    When the high school principal asked why Bucchieri delivered alcohol to the student, Bucchieri denied having done so, then said he gave her lemonade in an alcohol container, according to the application.

    Southington police began investigating after the student spoke with a school administrator about the incident. The administrator then notified police.

    The student's father told police he knew his daughter had attended a Halloween party but did not know she had been provided alcohol. He said the school informed him of the incident involving Bucchieri.

    Bucchieri posted a $10,000 court-set cash bond. 

    He was due in court March 10 but the case was continued until April 10.
     

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