Update posted Monday, July 9 at 11:33 a.m.:
The school board member accused of providing alcohol at an underaged drinking party is speaking out.
Terry Luhrsen and his wife, Tawnya, were arrested Sunday when police discovered the party at their home. At least 20 teens ages 16 to 19 were allegedly found to have been drinking alcohol.
“I maintain that I did not furnish alcohol to minors. Period,” Terry Luhrsen told Eagle 99.3 Monday.
“There are some things I should have done better,” he added.
Citing his attorney’s advice, Luhrsen declined to speak further on the matter.
Update posted Monday, July 9 at 10:55 a.m.:
More information has surfaced about the arrests of a South Dearborn school board member and his wife for allegedly providing alcohol to teenagers.
Terry Luhrsen, 44, and his wife, Tawnya Luhrsen, 43, are each charged with a single county of Neglect of a Dependant and 20 counts of Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor.
At about 1:44 a.m. Sunday, the Dearborn County 911 Center received a complaint of an underaged drinking party at the Luhrsen’s home at 11200 Lattire Road in Aurora.
Upon arrival, officers saw approximately 30 vehicles parked in the front yard, according to a probable cause affidavit. Fifty to 75 people holding cups, cans, or bottles – most of them appearing to be very young – were seen in and around the residence. Police would later locate a beer trailer and coolers containing alcohol.
As police approached the residence, most of the crowd fled into the wooded areas surrounding the property. The 20 or so who stayed behind were identified by police as ranging in age from 16 to up to 19. One of the teenagers was the 17-year-old daughter of the Luhrsens.
Officers alleged they could detect the smell of alcohol on each of those teenagers.
The Luhrsens were each arrested and booked into the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday. They bonded out of jail that afternoon.
Original story posted SUnday, July 8 at 8:54 p.m.:
(Aurora, Ind.) - A South Dearborn Community Schools Board of Trustees member and his wife have been arrested for allegedly hosting an underage drinking party.
Dearborn County Sheriff's Department arrest records show Terry Luhrsen and his wife, Tawnya Luhrsen, were booked into the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday. They were each charged with 20 counts of Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor and one count of Neglect of a Dependant.
Sources allege some of the minors involved were current and former students at South Dearborn High School. Further details regarding the Luhrsen's arrests have not been released by the sheriff's department.
Terry Luhrsen has been serving on the district school board since 2004, according to the South Dearborn Community Schools website.