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Teen Stepson of Conn. Gov. Arrested

October 16, 2003

NEWINGTON, Conn. (AP) _ Gov. John G. Rowland’s 18-year-old stepson was arrested and charged with drug possession after officers broke up a party at a friend’s home.

Ryan Largay and another friend, 17-year-old Christopher Bosco, were both charged with possession of less than 4 ounces of a controlled substance after Monday’s party, The Hartford Courant reported Thursday.

Police also charged Largay with interfering with police and Bosco with possession of drug paraphernalia. Police in this Hartford suburb would not say what the substance was or what Largay may have done to warrant the interference charge.

Both youths were released on bond.

Largay is the son of Rowland’s wife, Patricia Rowland, and her first husband, Paul Largay. They ended their 12-year marriage in 1993, and she and Rowland were married the following year. Ryan Largay and his 16-year-old brother live at the governor’s mansion. Rowland’s three children from a previous marriage also spend time at the home.

The governor declined to comment Wednesday on his stepson’s arrest except to say it was ``a private matter.″ In a radio interview Thursday morning, Patty Rowland said she and her husband ``are loving, devoted parents and we will do the best we can to get them on the right track.″

``It’s doubly difficult when they have to make their mistakes in front of the world,″ Rowland told WTIC-AM.

The party was held Monday night in a residence attached to the USA Motel, where the motel’s owner and his family live. The owner’s son is a friend of Largay’s, the newspaper said.

Bosco’s mother, Darlene Kupinski, says her son was a victim of being at the wrong place at the wrong time.

``He’s under a bad influence _ all those kids with no goals,″ she said.

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