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Hadley Palmer, a wealthy Connecticut woman whose criminal case file, was sealed from public view, was sentenced Tuesday to one year in jail for secretly recording three people, including a minor, in a manner involving sexual desire.
Hadley Palmer is 54 years old.
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Hadley Palmer of Greenwich was led out of the state courtroom in Stamford in handcuffs by judicial marshals. She declined to make a statement on her behalf during the hearing, only answering several yes or no questions by the judge.
In addition to her jail sentence, Palmer is not allowed to contact an unnamed female victim in the case for 30 years, the Greenwich Free Press reports.
Judge John Blawie, who sealed Palmer’s case file earlier this year over objections by The Associated Press, ordered that the file remain sealed Tuesday, keeping the specifics of the charges included in an arrest warrant shielded from public view.
Blawie previously ruled the privacy of the victims outweighed the public’s interest in seeing the case documents, and it was impossible to redact all the documents to sufficiently protect the victims’ identities. The AP disagreed, saying documents in many other Connecticut cases involving sex crimes have been edited in ways to protect the victims.
The daughter of a notable hedge fund founder, Jerrold Fine, Palmer is currently divorcing her venture capitalist husband, Bradley Palmer, and they have four children together, the Greenwich Free Press reported.
She is seen in photos on the internet at fundraising galas and other social events. The sealing of her case file was called unusual by open government advocates and defence lawyers not associated with the case.
Under the sentence, which was part of a plea bargain, Palmer also must register as a sex offender for ten years and will serve 20 years of probation after the jail term.
She pleaded guilty in January to three counts of voyeurism and one count of risk of injury to a minor – all felonies committed between 2017 and 2018. She already served 90 days in jail earlier this year. The sentencing range of the plea bargain was at least 90 days in jail and up to five years in prison.
Stamford-Norwalk State’s Attorney Paul Ferencek released some new details of the crimes Tuesday, saying the victims were video recorded in various stages of undress, including fully naked, without their knowledge or consent. He said the videos were used for the sexual gratification of Palmer and an unnamed third person.
Ference also said the victims did not want Palmer to serve more time in jail than she already had. But one of the victims, a female, requested a 30-year criminal protective order barring Palmer from having contact with her, a request approved by Blawie.
“Obviously this is an upsetting factual situation,” Ferencek said. “I think it is a fair disposition.”
The victims’ lawyers declined to comment Tuesday, and none of the victims spoke in court.
Palmer’s lawyer, Michael Meehan, called the sentence just.
“She’s taken responsibility for her actions,” Meehan said. “This is a very caring, loving and sincere human being.”
Blawie accepted the plea bargain, saying, “Make no mistake, the defendant is paying the price for her actions.”
Palmer’s case file has been sealed from public view ever since her arrest in October 2021. On the day of her arrest, she applied for a special probation program that automatically resulted in the sealing of the defendants’ files.
Blawie accepted the application, but Palmer was not eligible for the program because of the seriousness of two of the original charges – employing a minor in an obscene performance and possessing child pornography. Those charges were dropped as part of the plea bargain.
Palmer later withdrew the application for the probation program, but Blawie kept the case file sealed from the public.
Palmer also requested that the courtroom be closed during portions of Tuesday’s sentencing, including her statements, which also was unusual and opposed by the AP. Still, her lawyers withdrew the request at the last minute.
Adding to the secrecy surrounding Palmer’s crimes was the fact that her name and court case numbers often disappeared from the state court system’s website in the months following her arrest. As her application for the probation program was pending, her name and case numbers only appeared on the site when she was scheduled to be in court, unlike other cases that appear daily on the website and involve the probation program.