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Mar 3, 2017 11:06 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

UPDATE: Springs Homeowner Arraigned On Child Endangerment Charges

Jefferson Eames is arraigned in East Hampton Town Justice Court on Friday. JON WINKLER
Mar 6, 2017 9:13 AM

UPDATE 1:21 P.M.

Jefferson Eames was arraigned in East Hampton Town Justice Court on Friday on multiple charges of child endangerment and distributing drugs to a minor. Mr. Eames was joined by his attorney, Eileen Powers, and stood before East Hampton Town Justice Steven Tekulsky. Mr. Eames entered a plea of not guilty for all the misdemeanor charges, a denial of the felony charge, and demanded a jury trial. While Justice Tekulsky originally asked for a $50,000 cash bail on the felony charge and $1,000 for each misdemeanor charge, Ms. Powers asked for a reduction to a more reasonable number noting Mr. Eames has appeared in court when required to in the past. Justice Tekulsky then pointed out Mr. Eames’s previous appearances on November 16 of last year for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, on January 5 of this year for evading a police officer, and on February 15 of this year, also for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, saying that they showed his repeated disregard for the law. Justice Tekulsky set bail at a total of $40,000 cash or a $275,000 bond, which he did not post.

Also in attendance were Christine Moran and Andre Johnson, the parents of Jordan Johnson, who Ms. Moran said had returned home from the New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases on Wednesday.

"I'm happy with this outcome because now it'll never happen to any other kid again," Ms. Moran said. "We don't wish this trouble on any other parent. I hope that [Eames] gets the help that he needs and realizes that this is a crazy situation."

Mr. Eames is scheduled to reappear in court on March 7.



ORIGINAL STORY

East Hampton Town Police arrested Jefferson Eames, 48, of Springs on Thursday and charged him with multiple counts of child endangerment and selling drugs.

According to police, Mr. Eames was arrested at 12:58 p.m. at his residence on Neck Path after he tried to enter his home and close the door on investigators. Police said Mr. Eames has been under investigation for hosting multiple parties at his home with underage teenagers, who police said were drinking and taking drugs. According to a press release from the police, Mr. Eames’s charges also stem from his providing Xanax to a youth living in his home. Mr. Eames was officially charged with one count of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a class D felony, nine counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor, three counts of violating the Suffolk County Social Host Law, an unclassified misdemeanor, and one count of resisting arrest, a class A misdemeanor.

On January 30 a former East Hampton High School student, 18-year-old Jordan Johnson, was rushed to Southampton Hospital after he was found unconscious, apparently because of an overdose, at Mr. Eames’s residence.

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