A second man was arrested this week in connection with what has been described as a “party house” in Springs reportedly frequented by teens, where alcohol and drugs were available.
According to East Hampton Town Police, Robert Andrade, 41, of Southampton served as a bouncer and collected money from underage guests at the door during two parties in December of last year at the home of Jefferson Eames, 48, on Neck Path in Springs. Mr. Andrade was charged on Wednesday, March 8, with four misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Police said he allowed underage youths to drink alcohol and smoke marijuana in his presence.
The Neck Path house came under scrutiny after a former East Hampton High School student, Jordan Johnson, was picked up by local emergency services and transported to Southampton Hospital on January 30 after he was found unresponsive at the Eames house, apparently after a drug overdose.
Accompanied by his attorney, Trevor Darrell of East Hampton, Mr. Andrade pleaded not guilty to all four charges in front of Justice Lisa R. Rana in Town Justice Court on Thursday, March 9. Justice Rana agreed to release him after he posted $100 bail and said she would not increase the bail as long as he met the terms of two temporary orders of protection she signed on behalf of two unidentified youths who spoke to police. Mr. Andrade is due back in court on April 27.
Mr. Eames also stood before Justice Rana in Town Justice Court on Thursday, accompanied by his attorney, Eileen Powers of Riverhead.
After Ms. Powers requested a conference in the justice’s chambers, which took more than an hour, Justice Rana ordered Mr. Eames to appear for a bench trial on March 21 at 9 a.m. to answer a harassment charge dating back to June 2015.
She also had some pointed advice for the defendant.
“We’re going to have this trial on the 21st at 9 a.m., and if you’re not here, it’ll be a very, very bad day for you,” Justice Rana said, speaking directly to Mr. Eames from the bench. “We will all be here to talk about possibly resolving all of these issues—so you make sure that there are no other issues from now to the 21st. I strongly, strongly, strongly encourage you to get into some kind of counseling program. You need to start getting it together now.”
Along with the harassment charge from 2015, Mr. Eames has five other open cases from previous charges, including one of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle on November 16 of last year, unlawfully fleeing a police officer on January 5 of this year, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle on February 23 of this year.
Mr. Eames was arrested by East Hampton Town Police on March 2 and charged with one felony count of criminal sale of a controlled substance as well as nine misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child, one of resisting arrest and three of violating social host law.
Police said they had been investigating Mr. Eames for hosting parties at his residence and providing Xanax to a teenager at his home. According to police the charges against Mr. Eames stem from three alleged parties that occurred in December of last year. The nine counts of endangering the welfare of a child include allegations that underage drinking and drug use took place in his presence in the home.
Mr. Eames pleaded not guilty to all of the charges at an arraignment on March 3 and was released from the Riverhead Correctional Facility on March 7 because the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office failed to meet an initial deadline to seek an indictment on the felony charge. The charge still stands and prosecutors may seek an indictment at a later date.