Arizona Dad Forces Booze on Teen Sons

By McCarton Ackerman 06/07/12

After catching his sons drinking, a father tries to teach them a lesson—and learns a lesson himself.

Kristopher Harvey realizes it's his own drinking
that's the problem.
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Here's someone who won't be a candidate for Father of the Year. When Arizona native Kristopher Harvey found out his two teenage boys were drinking his alcohol, he wanted to teach them a lesson—unfortunately, that lesson involved making the 13 and 14-year-old boys take shots of hard liquor and throwing them in the pool. Neighbors called police once they heard the boys screaming and when they arrived, they found Harvey intoxicated and unable to stand or speak clearly. Both boys were also in their underwear, drunk and vomiting. Harvey was arrested on two counts of child abuse while his girlfriend Karen Edwards was issued a criminal citation for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. However, Harvey said he was remorseful for his actions after the fact. "Unfortunately it was some of the things I learned when I was a child, that this is how you teach your children to do things. I realize now that it was the biggest mistake of my life," said Harvey. "I've lost my job, I've lost my children, I've now got to come up with $10,000 for an attorney just to fight to keep from having to do 17 to life on two counts." Harvey also said the experience was a teachable moment in that he now realizes he has a drinking problem. "I don't think I'm a bad guy but I do have some issues with drinking," he said. "I'm actually going into AA meetings and going to see a preacher or a pastor."

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.