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Apology issued for Westerly Middle students drinking party

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WESTERLY, R.I. -

NBC 10 has learned the identity of the Westerly man accused of hosting a party for middle school children with alcohol involved.

The suspect has been identified as Brian Holdredge, a volunteer firefighter for the Misquamicut Fire Department.

NBC 10 was tipped to the story by parents of 12 and 13 year old kids that were invited to Holdredge's Westerly home on the night of Friday, January 31st for a birthday party for his daughter; according to parents, there were about 20 middle school aged kids at the house for the party.

Last week, the officials at Westerly Middle School overheard students talking about the party and that at least two children were drinking during the festivities. One of the children was Holdredge's daughter, and the other was described as an 8th grade boy who was seen stumbling for most of the night.

The school took immediate action on Thursday and called the parents of the kids at the party as well as alerted Westerly police.

Holdredge confirmed to NBC 10 over the phone that he was arrested on Friday night and faces several charges including procuring alcohol to minors.

On his Facebook,page Holdredge posted a statement on his wall apologizing for the incident that said

"I want to sincerely apologize for some very poor judgement I displayed this past weekend. It was a foolish mistake and one I take full responsibility for. I am sorry to all of those I offended, hurt or otherwise caused any pain. It is a lesson I will not soon forget and a strong message to my children, my friends, my family and to myself. I have embarrassed myself and my family and that is shame I have to live with.... My sincerest apologies to you all."

Holdredge tells NBC 10 that he is due in 4th District Court on February 21st.

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