MALDEN — More than five months after an 18-year-old woman nearly died after prosecutors allege she was raped and then left in a driveway by a fellow guest at an Everett house party, the mother of the underage host has been charged with providing alcohol to teens at the event.
In announcing the charge Wednesday against Stephanie Joy Malloy, 37, of Somerville, Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan said the case is an example of why the social-host law is in place.
“Unfortunately, things like sexual assault or people becoming very ill from binge drinking . . . are real dangers that the statute is meant to prevent,” Ryan said in an interview.
“There’s a reason that we have a statute that says you can’t be providing alcohol to anyone under 21, and the consequences can be really life changing,” she said.
Prosecutors allege about 40 young people were drinking at Malloy’s apartment at 26 Waters Ave. in Everett on March 6 during a party hosted by her son, who was 19.
Everett officers were dispatched there for a report of a loud party at about 11:55 p.m., and found “numerous teenaged partygoers” who “were obviously under the influence of liquor” and “numerous” bottles of alcohol, according to a police report filed in Malden District Court.
Malloy identified herself as the tenant renting the apartment, and later told investigators she allowed the party to take place and had been drinking, according to the report, written by Everett Police Detective Michael Lavey.
As officers headed to the residence, they encountered a 19-year-old woman at the corner of Main Street and Waters Avenue who was so intoxicated that police took her into protective custody, Lavey wrote.
The woman told police she had been drinking at 26 Waters Ave., Lavey wrote.
Some other teenagers who attended the party told police that Malloy was drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana, the report said.
The following day, an 18-year-old woman was found unconscious at about 6:45 a.m. in the driveway of 32 Appleton St., according to Ryan’s office. The spot where she was found is about two blocks from where the party took place.
The woman’s clothing was in disarray and there was blood on and near her, prosecutors said. She had a body temperature of 77 degrees and was treated for hypothermia, prosecutors said. The woman had a blood alcohol level of 0.237, which is well above 0.08, the legal limit for driving in Massachusetts. She was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital.
“Medical professionals gave the victim a 30 percent chance of survival and she was unconscious for two days before recovering and being released from the hospital,” Ryan’s office said in a June news release. The woman has since made a “long and amazing recovery,” Ryan said.
Investigators later learned she had been drinking at the Waters Avenue residence.
An Everett man, Sami Sherif, 19, has been charged with raping the woman. Prosecutors allege he left the party with the woman and then he returned alone.
He has pleaded not guilty and goes back before a judge Nov. 17, court records show. Sherif’s lawyer declined to comment Wednesday.
Appearing before Judge Dominic Paratore for her arraignment, Malloy used a folder to shield her face. A not-guilty plea was entered on her behalf.
She was set free on personal recognizance and ordered to stay away from drugs and alcohol and comply with all orders from the state Department of Children and Families. Malloy’s next court date is Sept. 29.
Malloy’s court-appointed attorney, David Twohig, said she’s charged with a misdemeanor. He requested that any investigators seeking to speak with her about other crimes linked to Malloy’s case go through him.
In an interview, he said he does not know of any evidence implicating Malloy in other misdeeds tied to the house party.
Malloy has had a previous brush with the law.
In 2009, Everett police charged her with disorderly conduct, assault and battery on a police officer, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, court records show. The charges were later dismissed.Laura Crimaldi can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @lauracrimaldi.