Teacher on paid leave after charged by Chester Police with hosting underage drinking party

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MANCHESTER, NH – Chester Police were called to an Emerson Road home at 3 a.m. after a “loud party” complaint and discovered several teens, some passed out, who had been drinking alcohol at the home. Chester Police Chief William Burke confirmed Tuesday that the home belongs to Steffany Maloney, a first-grade teacher at Gossler Park Elementary School in Manchester.

Maloney, 48, of 54 Emerson Road, was charged with facilitating an underage drinking party, a misdemeanor, according to Burke.

Manchester School District confirmed Tuesday that Maloney has been placed on paid leave.

Burke said the incident appeared to be consistent with a prom “after-party” – Pinkerton Academy’s prom was held May 16.

“We went out there at 3 a.m. and there was no attempt to clean the place out or anything. We’ve been out there in the past for different issues, and there was word that there was some pot smoking going on, although we haven’t taken any statements on it,” Burke said. “I can’t say what was going through her head, whether it was one of these deals where you have the kids come over after the prom and collect their keys, and it just got out of control and she couldn’t do anything about it, or if she condoned it.”

According to a police account of the incident, Chester Police Officer Timothy Loveless observed the following:

  • Several vehicles in the backyard, one driven by a juvenile with a passenger who was unresponsive and vomiting. They were both subjects taken into protective custody by police.
  • A male and two females were also found passed out in two different vehicles parked in the yard. A female was treated by Chester Fire/Rescue personnel for intoxication,
  • A male who was transported for intoxication and a head injury he received while running away into a wooded area.

Officer Loveless responded to the residence with an assist from a Sandown police officer and then requested back up from Raymond Police. Once inside the residence, Officer Loveless noted in his report that he detected the fresh smell of alcohol and marijuana in the air.

Emerson Road home where Chester Police discovered a weekend underage drinking party.
Emerson Road home where Chester Police discovered a weekend underage drinking party.

After turning on the lights inside the home, Officer Loveless noted several juveniles passed out throughout. Loveless said he located Maloney and another adult at the residence, and with their assistance, located more juveniles in the basement. The juveniles at the scene were released to their parents who responded to the scene. 

Burke also confirmed that Maloney was at one time married to a Manchester Police officer.

“I can confirm that she was at one time married to a Manchester Police officer, but I can’t say if they are separated or divorced at this time. I believe he may be retired,” Burke said.

Manchester Police Lt. Brian O’Keefe confirmed that Officer Steve Maloney retired from Manchester Police Department in 2014 after 20 years of service, and continues to serve as a reserve officer.  He could not confirm the Maloneys’ marital status.

The home is owned by Steven and Steffany Maloney, according to 2013 Chester tax records.

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