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So if you're an adult and you host a party that includes high school cheerleaders, a stripper pole and a camera, you should pretty much just find the nearest jail and turn yourself in.

Yeah, that would save a lot of time. Above is the Freedom High (Bethlehem, Pa.) cheerleading team, and they had a busy December. Steven Russo, 36, — our early choice for Father of the Year — has a 17-year-old son who attends Freedom, and they decided to host a party. In attendance were several Freedom cheerleaders. And like all good parties, it occurred in the basement and included booze and a stripper pole.

The teens allegedly listened to Russo spin tales about his sexual exploits and drank vodka, rum and beer he gave them. They also mingled in the basement while he played music and shouted, "Get on that pole," according to a criminal complaint filed by Bethlehem Township police at the office of District Judge Joseph Barner.


Does it even need to be said that photos were taken, and that they showed up on Facebook? One of the photos — showing two of the girls kissing Russo on the cheek — began circulating at school. This caused members of the cheerleading team to begin arguing, and one of them showed the photo to a school administrator. Hilarity did not ensue. Mr. Russo now has some 'splaining to do to a judge. More fun stuff:

The girls said Russo did not try anything with them, but encouraged one 16-year-old as she removed her shirt during the Dec. 12 party. One teen mentioned Russo's house has a room called "the cave" on the second floor where people have sex. One boy claimed he was there that night because another teen planned to have sex and he was "hooking up," with one of the other girls. The boy said they left after his friend was finished.

A 14-year-old girl said she drank Red Bull and vodka at the party and Russo's son became sick from excessive consumption. She later sneaked out of the house with a friend because "the rule is that if you drink alcohol there you have to sleep over because (Russo) doesn't want to get in trouble ..."


I look forward to more fine reporting like this from Precious Petty.

UPDATE: Mr. Russo's mug shot.

UPDATE: Apparently Russo won some "Sexiest Bartender" competition a while back. Busted Coverage has the shirtless (of course) photos.


Steven Russo, 36, Accused Of Hosting Teen Drinking Parties, Encouraging Pole Dancing [Leigh Valley News]
Police: Cheerleaders Danced On Stripper Pole, Teens Drank Alcohol At Adult-Hosted Party [Leigh Valley News]
Freedom High School Varsity Cheerleading Squad
Steve Russo Is One Of The Cool Parents, Wants High School Cheerleaders To Get On Stripper Pole [Busted Coverage]

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