Saturday, February 20, 2010

Bartender sentenced to probation, sex offender treatment for following, groping customer

On Wednesday, February 17, Norwalk Superior Court Judge Bruce Hudock sentenced a former South Norwalk, CT bartender to a suspended 2 year sentence and three years probation for following a female customer home and forcibly touching and groping her breasts on October 28, 2008. The man stopped his assault only after the victim began to cry.

John Flavin, a 46-year-old former Barcelona Restaurant and Wine Bar, 63 North Main St., received a suspended jail sentence of two years and three years of probation. The sentence was approved by the victim, according to the prosecuting attorney.

At court on Wednesday, the victim detailed the effect that the incident had on her life, stating that she experiences anxiety attacks and persistant nightmares.

Judge Hudock admonished Flavin, telling him "The fact is, Mr. Flavin, that you have traumatized this young woman to the point that you have ... traumatically changed her life. There is little doubt in my mind that it will take a long time for her to deal with the consequences of your actions."

Just as the criminal act changed the victim's life, the sex offender treatment Flavin was sentenced to was meant to do the same to Flavin, according to Judge Hudock. "Just as you have changed the life of the victim, the sex offender treatment will change your life dramatically."

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