Former PA Lt. Gov. candidate accusing of punching teen at birthday party
A right-wing "parental rights" activist and former Republican candidate for Pennsylvania lieutenant governor allegedly slugged a teenager and served alcohol to underage guests at her daughter's birthday party.
According to allegations, 36-year-old Clarice Schillinger hit a 16-year-old guest three times in the face during a late-night party on Sep. 29, as the New York Post reported.
A police affidavit revealed Thursday by the Bucks County Courier Times states that Schillinger was charged with simple assault, harassment, and giving alcohol to children approximately one month later.
Schillinger's own mother, Danette Bert, and her then-boyfriend, Shan Wilson, were also indicted for harassment and simple assault.
The affidavit accuses Schillinger's "intoxicated mother" of hitting a youngster in the eye, her ex-beau of punching the same teen in the face, and another young attendee of assault.
Bert and Wilson allegedly pled guilty to disorderly conduct in December instead of the originally filed charges, which were eventually dropped.
Schillinger also allegedly gave her daughter "New Amsterdam vodka and Malibu Bay Breeze rum" in the basement of her Doylestown house to celebrate her 17th birthday, which led to the alleged violence.
“Schillinger not only provided the alcoholic beverages but poured shots and drank along with the minors even participating in drinking games,” the affidavit published by the Daily Beast states.
Investigators were able to capture sections of the attacks on multiple cellphone videos, as stated in the record.
In a statement provided to the Courier Times by Matthew Brittenburg, Schillinger’s attorney, the defendant expressed her intention to contest the allegations.
“Ms. Schillinger has dedicated her life to public service,” Brittenburg said. “Additionally, she has always been a law-abiding citizen. Ms. Schillinger looks forward to the opportunity to defend against these allegations.”
But this wasn't the first time police were summoned to Schillinger's residence; a few days prior, they had responded to a tip about underage drinking, discovered beer cans lying about the yard, and watched as twenty juveniles fleeing from the house.
“On that date, Schillinger was intoxicated and uncooperative with police,” the affidavit states.
Last year, the Pennsylvania mother unsuccessfully ran in the Republican primary race for lieutenant governor.