Facebook Tipped Police to Keg Party

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SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) - In the world of social media, some Colbert County teens thought nothing about posting an open invitation to a keg party for the world to see.

Sheffield Police say 28-year-old Andrew Slatton was playing host to a group of teens Wednesday night, allowing them to drink alcohol at his home.

Empty beer cans are stacked on the carport of Slatton's home on southwest 10th Street in Sheffield.

They are remnants of a party that police say minors attended.

"Underage drinking was the main thing; we had nine arrests which included Minor in Possession and even a couple of drug charges,” says Sheffield Police Captain Scott Wallace.

According to Wallace, when police rolled up to Slatton's home; more than 30 minors were there.

Earlier in the day, Wallace says teens invited others to the house party via Facebook.

An alert parent intercepted the message on her son's account.

"Basically what that mother did yesterday was call police and let us know, that's one of the biggest deterrents,” explains Capt. Wallace. “I have always been a firm believer to watch your children’s Facebook, you'll find out a lot."

According to Wallace, the teens at Wednesday night’s party, ranged in age from 14 to 20 years old.

He hopes this experience will keep teens from making the same mistake twice.

Captain Wallace says kids need to wait until they're of age to drink alcohol, because it could lead to other problems, including time behind bars.

Andrew Slatton remains at the Sheffield City Jail, charged with Hosting an Illegal House Party.

He was out of jail serving a two-year suspended sentence on a prior conviction when he was arrested Wednesday night.

Police say Slatton's future in jail is uncertain.