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Fmr. Miss Delaware Teen Pleads Guilty To Underage Alcohol Charge

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OCEAN CITY, Md. - Former Miss Delaware Teen USA has been given a year of unsupervised probation for an underage alcohol possession that happened last August in Ocean City.

Melissa King, 19, showed up Monday to Worcester County District Court in Ocean City just a little after 9 AM, looking cheery and smiling before her lawyer Gregory Hannigan pleaded guilty.  Hannigan says the charge came after Ocean City police found a bottle of rum in her father's truck as she drove home from work.

"She's learned that when you drive an automobile that when [Captain Morgan] is in it, even if it's your dad's truck, you're responsible if he has anything," said Hannigan.

Also, last June King was cited for allegedly stealing money from an Ocean City bus box, but Hannigan says the charge was a misunderstanding.

He says King and her friend went to ride the bus, but her friend did not have a dollar, so King paid for them both. After an officer suspected her friend of not paying, the officer asked them to leave the bus and King took her money back.

The state dropped the charge citing doubts about the case.

In February, King resigned her pageant title after her alleged involvement in an online sex video surfaced, but has since denied.

"In time, a statement will be made about [the video]," said Hannigan. "Right now, Melissa is just getting her equilibrium back as she's moving on with her career and her life."

The 19-year-old is apparently trying to get back to being a normal teen, looking for a summer job in either Ocean City or a Delaware beach town to help pay for college in the fall.

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