The Huron High School cheerleading advisor who is accused of serving alcohol to minors during a party at her home pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the incident, according to Huron Municipal Court records.
Jane Bickley, 46, 100 block Richland Ave., was charged with four counts of furnishing alcohol to persons under the age of 21, according to court records.
Bickley’s attorney, K. Ronald Bailey, entered a not guilty plea on behalf of his client March 18, a court clerk said. Bickley did not appear in court.
The case has been set for a pre-trial hearing at 9 a.m. April 1. If found guilty, Bickley could face up to $4,000 in fines and up to two years in jail, the clerk said.
Bickley works as a non-licensed support cheerleading staff member with the Huron City Schools — a job she’s held on and off since 2001.
Huron police went to Bickley’s home in the early morning hours of March 15 after receiving a tip of an underage drinking party.
Officers found a note taped to the door that read “no drinking unless you (are) one of the lucky girls staying,” and “don’t answer the door if the cops come.”
Bickley denied supplying the alcohol, saying it belonged to her and her husband, and they along with some friends were the ones who had been drinking, police said. Bailey contends his client is innocent. “She is adamant she didn’t furnish any alcohol to these kids,” Bailey said.
Police found beer cans littering the floor of the home and several teens sitting around a poker table with beer in their cup holders, according to the police report.
After administering portable breath tests, police determined a handful of party-goers younger than age 21 had been drinking, the report said.
Bickley, through her lawyer, said she is innocent of all charges, and she and her husband were in bed when the alleged underage drinking occurred.
Police are continuing to investigate what happened that night at Bickley’s home, Huron police Chief Randy Glovinsky said. Upwards of 50 party-goers may have been at the home, he said. Investigators have also learned the alleged underage drinking party may not have been the first at the Bickley’s home.
“This is from kids who routinely go there,” Glovinsky said. “This isn’t the first party that was held there.”
Glovinsky said investigators are working to make sure charges against Bickley “stick” in the latest incident.
Dustin Grable, 18, 500 block Cleveland Road West, Huron, was one of those charged with underage consumption. He pleaded guilty March 18 and was fined $150 plus court costs, a court clerk said. Grable was also given three days in jail, but the jail time was suspended on the condition Grable not be charged with a similar infraction in the future and that he attend an underage drinking program, the clerk said.
Three juveniles were also charged in connection with the incident.