GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - A Mesa County man appeared in court on January 16, for an incident from August of 2017, where investigators said minors were drinking on his property.
Scott Carlson, 56, is being charged with five Class 4 felonies for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Law enforcement was called to Carlson's property in Collbran, where they administered some breathalyzer tests and then conducted an investigation. Eventually, authorities obtained a warrant for Carlson.
Carlson is the owner of a camp in Collbran called Camp 7 Daycamp, which is close to the address where law enforcement responded. The district attorney could not comment on why the teenagers were there at the time, except for saying there was some sort of party at the property. There were five teens in total. "Two 15 year olds, one 16 year old, and two 17 year olds, that had tested positive at a variety of levels. From very low levels of alcohol, indicating that they had maybe just taken a few sips, all the way up to, one of the kids was substantially over the legal limit for driving," said District Attorney Dan Rubinstein.
The possible penalty for Class 4 felonies is anywhere from 6 to 12 years in prison, but that's not a mandatory sentence. He's eligible for both probation or community corrections.
The next time Carlson will appear in court is February 20 for a status conference.