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Snapchat posts lead to charges in Attica drinking party

ATTICA – A photo that didn’t disappear fast enough from social media led to the arrest of two adults implicated in an underage drinking party last month, according to village police.

Five teenage girls, ranging in age from 13 to 15, reportedly were involved in a drinking party that occurred at a Walnut Street address on May 8. Police said one of the girls posted several photographs on Snapchat, a smartphone app popular with teens and millennials that allows users to capture videos and pictures that disappear within a set time limit – typically a matter of seconds.

But another person took a screen shot of the posts and reported the incident to police.

After a lengthy investigation, police said they found that several adults – who appeared in the background of the photos – allowed, encouraged and provided the alcohol. Jodie Biaselli, 38 and Michael Hahn, 35, each were charged with five counts of unlawful dealing with a minor and five counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Police said Biaselli has an extensive history involving alcohol and marijuana, and Hahn had been released from custody in April after being accused of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Both are in Wyoming County Jail; Biaselli is being held in lieu of $5,000 bail, while a detainer warrant was filed for Hahn, who was in custody on unrelated charges.

Warrants have been filed for other adults connected to the drinking party, police said.