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Rink drug offer leads to jail

County Judge Gary Graham sentenced a Holder woman to four months in County Jail on Monday for trying to sell drugs and alcohol to three young adults outside a roller-skating rink. "I have absolutely no sympathy for anyone who tries to introduce drugs or alcohol into the healthy, legitimate activities of our teens in this community," Graham said Monday after the hearing.

The Roller Barn, on U.S. 41 just north of Inverness, is known in the county as a safe recreation place for children. Citrus County Sheriff Charles Dean and his wife own a share of the rink.

Kerry Ellis Duquette, 31, of Smith Terrace in Holder, was arrested after 2 a.m. Jan. 15 and charged with possessing a small amount of marijuana, court records show. She was sitting in her car outside the Roller Barn when Inverness Police Officer David Martin made the arrest.

According to court records, Duquette asked three teens _ two of whom were 19 and the other 18 _ whether they wanted some marijuana or a drink.

The three, one a rink employee, were leaving the roller rink during an all-night skating event. They refused the woman's offers and returned to the building.

A manager inside called Inverness police officials to report the incident. Martin found the drugs in the woman's purse and smelled alcohol on her breath, court records indicate.

In addition to the jail time, Duquette was sentenced to one year probation. She must avoid the roller rink, arcades, bowling alleysand other places frequented by youths as a condition of probation.

She also must submit to random drug screenings.

Graham said although the woman had no prior record, he felt he had to be strict.

"It's hard enough for teens nowadays to have healthy, wholesome fun," he said. "I'm not going to let what fun they can find that's good for them be ruined by people like this."