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Father angry when photo surfaces of deputy posing with alleged underage drinkers

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(KMOV.com) -A father told News 4 he is outraged after a photo surfaced showing a St. Francois County Deputy posing with some teens who may have been drinking.

The father did not want to share his name but said his 16-year-old daughter snuck over to a party where she and others who are younger than 21 drank. The man told News 4 the deputy was called to the party to break it up, but chose not to do so.

“What we're really telling kids is that's it okay to party and you know how we know it's okay to party because our officers are going to take pictures with you while you're drinking,” said the father.

Someone with the St. Francois Sheriff's Office said the officer involved filed a report in which he said he only made contact with drinkers of legal age. The report also said there were juveniles at the party, but that none of them had alcohol in hand.

The department said the photo is not a violation of policy so it is unlikely the deputy will be punished.

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