4:00pm PT by Katie Kilkenny
Prosecutors File Notice of Appeal in 'Bachelorette' Contestant Assault Case
The Suffolk County (Massachusetts) District Attorney's Office is looking to make a former contestant of this season's The Bachelorette, Lincoln Adim, wear a GPS monitoring device.
After Boston Municipal Court Judge Mark Hart Summerville on Friday allowed the season 14 contestant of the ABC reality show to withdraw a guilty plea on one count of indecent assault and battery, the DA's office filed a notice of appeal, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed Saturday with the DA's office.
Massachusetts law requires that defendants convicted of indecent assault and battery wear a GPS monitor, but the judge never imposed one when Adim, 26, initially pleaded guilty in May. The DA's office is arguing that under Rule 29(a)(1) of the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure and the Supreme Judicial Court’s decision in Commonwealth v. Grundman, the sentence could be revised.
The Supreme Court case noted that sentences like Adim's "may be corrected … by resentencing the defendant to include the GPS monitoring condition within sixty days from when the sentence was imposed."
After Judge Sumerville vacated Adim's guilty plea and the DA filed the notice of appeal, the case is now scheduled for further hearing on July 27.
Former Bachelor contestant Ashley Spivey was the first to report the news in a thread on Twitter.
The case involving Adim, one of the 28 men in Becca Kufrin's cycle of The Bachelorette, stems from a May 2016 incident in Boston, where Adim allegedly groped and assaulted an adult female on a cruise ship, according to the Suffolk DA.
Adim was convicted on May 21, just one week before The Bachelorette's 14th season began, and sentenced to one year in a house of correction. That sentence was suspended for a two-year probationary period.
Warner Bros. Television, which produces the ABC show, denied any knowledge of the case, though the studio says that it employs a third party to conduct background checks. "The report we received did not reference any incident or charge relating to the recent conviction — or any other charges relating to sexual misconduct. We are currently investigating why the report did not contain this information, which we will share when we have it," the studio said in a statement to THR.
Adim lasted only six weeks on the show, which is currently down to its final four contestants. The next episode airs Monday.