A Boy, a Video and a Court Date

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Embattled Boise bar owner Ted Challenger will make his first appearance in court June 1, facing charges of altering a surveillance video and allowing a minor to loiter in a bar.

The appearance was moved up from July 19 at the request of Challenger’s attorney, David Leroy. Leroy told BW he will request that a preliminary hearing happen as soon as possible, a date he expects will either come before June 15, or after mid-July.

Challenger, 38, who owns the Main Street Bistro, China Blue and Dirty Little Roddy’s, was arrested on May 6 by Boise Police after a warrant was filed. Charges leading to the arrest were first filed by the Ada County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office on March 9, and include one felony charge of preparing a fraudulent document (the security video), and to misdemeanor counts involving having a minor in one of his bars.

Greg Bower, Ada County prosecuting attorney said the felony carries a five-year sentence, while both misdemeanors bring less than six months in jail.

Leroy said he has yet to see the documentation leading to the charges, but he has requested it from the Prosecuting Attorney’s office. The county now has less than a week to provide the information to Leroy.

According to the original complaint, the charges stem from an incident last Nov. 30, when a 20-year-old employee at one of Challenger’s bars, Ashley Picard, was allowed on-premise during a birthday party.

Leroy has maintained Challenger’s innocence on all charges and has gone on record stating that the arrest is another example of the Boise Police Department’s campaign against downtown bar owners.

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