The 18-year-old son of a Fallon judge was charged Tuesday in connection to an on-going investigation of a teen party where a 15-year-old girl said she was highly intoxicated and gang raped.
A lawyer for Jeffrey Michael Lister declined to comment Tuesday afternoon. Lister is the son of Michael Lister, a Churchill County municipal judge. An arrest warrant had not been issued.
- Why not? If it wasn't a judges son, the warrant would be issued, and the kid arrested.
Also Tuesday, party host Tami Peel pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor charge of child endangerment related to placing the 15-year-old girl in a situation where she may have suffered physical pain and/or mental suffering at the party.
Earlier this month, Peel, a former Churchill County High School softball coach, pleaded guilty to five counts of contributing to the delinquency of minors related to providing minors alcohol at her party. Peel told parents the party was going to be a sleep over for some of her daughter’s friends with soft drinks and pizza, and there would be no alcohol or boys.
Lister is accused of having sex with the intoxicated girl in his truck. He then allegedly bragged about it to his friends, according to the criminal complaint. “(A witness) had made mention to Lister a few days after the party that he was in some trouble. The (witness) states Lister responded ‘I’m the judge’s son. I can never get in trouble,” the complaint said.
About a week after the Jan. 18 party Lister encountered a group of students who called him “rapist” and “sex offender,” the complaint said. “At least I got her first,” one witness recalled Lister saying.
According to the complaint, the girl knew what was happening with Lister, but did not say “no” because she was drunk. She said Lister was one of two boys she had sex with that night, but several party goers told her later at school the number was four or five.
- So why are the other four or five not being arrested?
One witness told investigators “some of the other boys were commenting they had used condoms, and therefore, would not get caught. ... Lister told (the witness) he was going to tell his father he did not have sex with the victim,” the complaint said.
Teen guests told authorities they saw Lister and the girl leave the party, after being affectionate with each other inside. They returned about 30 minutes later, and many of the guests were asking if they had sex, the complaint said. Witnesses saw her throwing up on the lawn and stumbling. One witness said she was “completely out of it.”
Another witness said she heard Lister bragging “Yeah, I just had sex with her out in my car.”
The girl said she met Lister months before the party and dated him for about a week. They did not have sex, she said. She said she thought she was going to her first “high school party” when she went to Peel’s home at 580 Torrey Pines, in Fallon.
Peel, a mother of three, had taken a group of children to a drug store to buy Smirnoff Ice malt liquor, plastic cups and ping pong balls so they could play “beer pong” at the party, court documents showed. She later had a 19-year-old man drive her to another store to buy cases of beer.