Party host faces new charges

July 14, 2008 10:51:34 AM PDT
Prosecutors have filed additional charges against a Long Island teenager who held a party where a high school senior died of a suspected drug overdose.Seewoo Sung has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of unlawfully dealing with a child and a violation of the Nassau County's social host law. Last month Sung was charged with evidence tampering; he remains in jail on $25,000 bail.

Natalie Ciappa was due to graduate Plainedge High School last month. She died of a suspected heroin overdose while attending a party at Sung's home in Seaford. Sung, who is 19, has not been charged in the girl's death.

Authorities said last week they charged the girl's ex-boyfriend with participating in a heroin distribution ring.

Sung's attorney, Anthony Grandinette, said his client is being made a scapegoat.

"Mr. Sung played no role in her purchase or use of heroin that evening, which caused her death," he said. "Given these facts this prosecution is both irresponsible and outright cruel."