A Tennessee dentist has pleaded guilty for his part in throwing a massive house party attended by hundreds of people earlier in the month.
Jeffrey Mathews, 36, was arrested on Tuesday by the Metro Nashville Police Department on three counts of violating health orders by hosting a gathering in excess of 25 people.
Charges were filed against Mathews and 40-year-old Christopher Eubank, who has not been located as of Friday morning, after video of the wild East Nashville party first circulated on August 1, WKRN reports.
Organizers had put out flyers advertising ‘The Fashion House’ at least one week before it took place and neighbors were alarmed it wasn’t prevented or shut down.
No more than 25 people were allowed to gather during the current phase 2 of shutdowns in Tennessee.
Footage showed people spilling out of the building which had High Roller-branded gazebos erected and social media posts showed it was packed with people inside.
‘Where is the enforcement? Where are the services I am being asked to pay 30 to 35% more in property taxes to pay for?’ Hunter Kelly asked in the description of a YouTube video that showed the event.
One attendee said they were there from 11pm until 3am when police arrived. People only started leaving if their vehicle was being towed for parking violations.
Grover Collins, the attorney representing Mathews, said his client ‘has accepted responsibility for his involvement’ in the party.
Collins shared that the conditional plea to one count of violating an emergency order came with a punishment of eight hours of ‘COVID-19 related’ public service work. It will also come with three months of unsupervised probation, according to court documents.
Collins added in a statement: ‘My client is fully cognizant of the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic and is remorseful for his actions.’