“I didn’t see anybody in front of me clearly in danger or in any risk,” he said.
Earlier on the night of the party, Gansler had appeared in Ocean City at an event sponsored by the Maryland Bar Association, according to his campaign.
Timothy Dickson, a Virginia man who owns the South Bethany beach house, said he is seeking a legal remedy for significant damage to the house that he said is believed to be connected to the tenants who stayed there during the week of the party.
Police have said the damage probably occurred during a break-in after tenants departed — a scenario that Gansler said Thursday was his understanding of what occurred.
At a town council meeting a few weeks later, damage at the property was said to be about $50,000, according to the minutes.
Dickson said he had forwarded to police some documents discovered in the home after the tenants left. They include a roster of the boys who stayed there that week and a list of parent chaperones throughout the week.
A “Doug” is listed as a chaperone on the Saturday and Sunday before the Thursday party, according to a copy of e-mails sent to parents that were obtained by The Post. Gansler’s attorney general e-mail address is among the recipients.
Gansler spokesman Bob Wheelock said Gansler never filled a chaperone shift. “He wasn’t a chaperone for those two nights or any other night,” Wheelock said.
Wheelock said Gansler, who was staying in another beach house in the area that week, dropped by the house where the teens were staying one night earlier in the week. Gansler might have had a beer that night with the chaperones on duty, Wheelock said.
Robert Lynch, a parent who was scheduled to chaperone the night of the June 13 party, declined to be interviewed by The Post on Thursday.
“If this is about the Doug Gansler thing, I’m not going to comment,” he said before hanging up the telephone.
A list of “2013 Beach Week Rules” included in the documents says that “no hard liquor or controlled substances may be consumed.”
The rules also note that “chaperones will record any DAMAGE to house and inform incoming chaperones. Damages will be discussed with boys as it happens, if blame can be placed on an individual, his security deposit will reflect damage.”
At Thursday’s news conference, Gansler was asked whether he was accompanied by a Maryland state trooper the night of the party.
Gansler hesitated, then said: “I may have, but I really, really doubt it.”
Susan Svrluga, Peter Hermann, Mark Berman, T. J. Ortenzi and Jennifer Jenkins contributed to this report.