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Basketball mom gets parenting class

A south county woman has completed a parenting and alcohol awareness class after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, she said Tuesday.

Another charge of giving alcohol to minors was dropped in the plea agreement reached in her case Aug. 8, Nicole Osterholt said.

“I pleaded because I didn’t want to risk my nursing license,” said Osterholt, who is a trauma nurse.



She had been accused of providing wine and vodka to Bear River High School students, including members of the girls basketball team, who were at her house. Her daughter was on the team.

Successful completion of the class means he would withdraw the charge, and Osterholt would have no criminal charge on her record, Nevada County District Attorney Cliff Newell said.




Osterholt last weekend completed the class offered privately by Pacific Education Services, she said.

“I think it’s an appropriate resolution given the amount of people involved and the type of offense,” Newell said. “I have an issue with parents that facilitate (underage) drinking and partying, and that’s why I charged her.”

But Osterholt said the teens “had been partying before they ever got to my house” and questioned why they were not cited for underage drinking.

“If it’s illegal to drink, why aren’t they charged?” Osterholt said. “I find it very sad that they didn’t take any responsibility for their drinking.”

Osterholt was accused in the wake of revelations regarding another party in Granite Bay in December 2007 also attended by members of the Bear River High School girls basketball team.

School officials ordered the girls basketball team, who were the defending Sac-Joaquin section champions, to forfeit the remaining games in the season as a result of the Granite Bay party ” to the criticism of team parents.

Osterholt will return to court on Nov. 7.

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To contact City Editor Trina Kleist, e-mail tkleist@theunion.com or call 477-4230.


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