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Connecticut socialite sentenced to year in jail for secretly filming 3 people, including a minor

A Connecticut woman of wealth was sentenced Tuesday for secretly recording three persons, including a minor in a way that involved sexual desire.

Hadley Palmer (54), of Greenwich was taken out of Stamford’s state courtroom by judicial marshals in handcuffs. She did not make any statement and only answered a few yes/no questions from the judge.

This undated photo, provided by the Connecticut Department of Correction, shows Hadley Palmer. 

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The Greenwich Free Press reports that Palmer was sentenced to 30 years in jail. She is also prohibited from contacting a victim of the case, which she did not name, for the next 30 years.

Judge John Blawie sealed Palmer’s file earlier this year, over objections from The Associated Press. The file was sealed Tuesday and the details of the charges contained in the arrest warrant were kept secret from the public.

Blawie had previously decided that the victim’s privacy outweighed the public interest in the case documents. It was impossible to redact all documents to adequately protect victims’ identities. The Associated Press disagreed and stated that documents in other Connecticut cases involving sex crime have been removed to protect victims.

According to the Greenwich Free Press, Palmer is currently divorcing Bradley Palmer, her husband and venture capitalist husband. She has four children with Palmer.

You can see her at galas and other events for society in photos posted online. Her case file being sealed was deemed unusual by open government advocates as well as defense lawyers not involved in the case.

The sentence was part of a plea deal. Palmer must also register as a sexual offender for 10 year and will serve 20-years probation following the term in jail.

In January, she pleaded guilty to three counts of voyeurism as well as one count of risk injury to a child – all felonies that were committed between 2017-2018. She had already spent 90 days in prison earlier this year. The sentence range for the plea bargain included at least 90 days imprisonment and up to five year imprisonment.

Paul Ferencek, the Stamford-Norwalk State Attorney, released new details Tuesday about the crime. He said that the victims were recorded in different stages of undress, including completely naked, without their consent. He claimed that the videos were used to sexually gratify Palmer and another unnamed person.

Ferencek stated that the victims didn’t want Palmer to spend more time in prison than she had already served. Blawie granted a request for a 30-year order of protection against Palmer’s contact with a victim, a female.

Ferencek stated, “Obviously this is a disturbing factual situation.” It is fair, I think.

Tuesday’s statement was not made by the victim’s lawyers.

Michael Meehan Palmer’s lawyer called the sentence “just.”

Meehan stated that she has taken responsibility for her actions. “This is a caring, loving, and sincere human being.”

Blawie accepted the plea deal, saying, “Make no mistake, she is paying a price”

Since her October 2021 arrest, Palmer’s case file was sealed from the public. She applied for special probation on the day of her arrest that results in the automatic sealing of the files of defendants.

Blawie granted the application. However, Palmer was denied the program due to the seriousness and severity of two charges: employing a minor for an obscene performance as well as possession of child pornography. These charges were dropped in the plea deal.

Later, Palmer withdrew his application for probation. However, Blawie kept the file secret from the public.

Palmer also requested that the courtroom not be open during Tuesday’s sentencing, including her own statements. This was also unusual and opposed to the AP. However, her lawyers withdrew her request at the very last moment.

Palmer’s crimes were further obscured by the fact her name and court number often vanished from the website of the state court system in the months after her arrest. Her application for probation was still pending. However, her name, case numbers, and court dates only showed up on the days that she was due to appear in court. This is unlike other cases, which show daily on the website.

Officials at the court did not understand why Palmer’s information was sometimes removed from the website.

People are charged with sex crime and child abuse almost every week in Connecticut’s courtrooms. Their case files aren’t sealed and they don’t get a hearing. Although arrest warrants with specific information about allegations are usually available to the public with anonymized names, the identities of victims can be changed or redacted.

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