A Connecticut socialite who confessed to secretly filming a child and two others in a sexual situation at her oceanfront mansion was released from jail Wednesday after serving 90 days in the classified case.
Hadley Palmer, 53, could face an additional prison sentence if she is convicted in August of three counts of voyeurism and causing harm to a minor.
Palmer had pleaded guilty to the reduced charge in January – and as part of the deal with the state, she agreed to serve at least 90 days before her actual sentencing date at York Correctional Institution, prosecutors told The Middletown Press. You face a maximum of five years in prison.
Prosecutors allege that Palmer filmed people, either naked or in their underwear, with “the intent to arouse or satisfy that person’s (the defendant’s) or any other person’s sexual desire.”
The mother of four and daughter of wealthy hedge fund founder Jerrold Fine avoided trial on the more serious charges of employing a minor for an obscene performance and possession of child pornography.
Palmer’s unspecified voyeuristic crimes occurred at her Greenwich home in 2017 and also led to police arresting child psychologist Dr. Jerome Brodlie arrested for failing to report abuse, neglect or harm to a child.
State Superior Court Judge John Blawie asked prosecutors Wednesday whether Palmer’s stay behind bars is “sufficient relative to the length of time you will seek in sentencing?” the report said.
“Absolutely not,” Cummings reportedly replied.
Cummings agreed to let Palmer use electronic devices while she awaited her sentence as long as the cameras on the device were permanently disabled, according to the article.
The case against a mainstay of the Greenwich social scene was surrounded by complaints about the special treatment given to the wealthy and connected defendant.
Details of Palmer’s criminal case were sealed from the public in February by Blawie, who claimed he ordered the unusual move to protect the identities of several victims.
The case was first sealed after Palmer’s arrest in October, when Blawie accepted the defendant’s request for expedited rehabilitation, which requires cases to be sealed under state law.
It was later revealed that Palmer was ineligible for the program because the initial charges against her were too serious.
Defense attorney Michael Meehan then withdrew her request and filed a request to have her case sealed that same day.
The Associated Press reported that Dave Collins argued against the move at a hearing in February, claiming the case was a “second tier of justice” in which Palmer used her wealth to “keep things secret.”
“The public needs to see what’s happening in this case,” Collins said.
Brodlie’s file was also sealed, and the secrecy of both proceedings caused a stir among lawyers and attorneys.
“I’ve never had a case where I moved to seal the record,” Connecticut’s top public defender Christine Perra Rapillo said in February. “It’s not a practice you normally see in criminal courts. The presumption in all courts, especially criminal courts, is that the case is open.”
A Hartford attorney specializing in open government and press access issues agreed at the time that the court’s actions were very unusual.
Sealing criminal cases is “almost unheard of,” said William Fish Jr.
“And you wonder what’s going on,” he said, referring to Palmer’s privilege and power.
With AP wires
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