A Connecticut socialite whose criminal case continues to be sealed from the public was sentenced on Tuesday to one year in prison for secretly recording videos of three minors in intimate situations.
Hadley Palmer, 54, of Greenwich, did not make any statement during her sentencing hearing, according to The Associated Press. She had already served 90 days in prison earlier this year as part of a plea deal.
Ms. Palmer pleaded guilty in January to three counts of voyeurism and one count of risk of injury to a minor. Under her plea agreement, Ms. Palmer will be required after her release to be on probation for 20 years and to register as a sex offender for a decade.
State records show Ms. Palmer was incarcerated at the York Correctional Institution, a women’s prison in Niantic, Conn., as of Tuesday.
According to The Associated Press, Paul Ferencek, the Stamford-Norwalk state’s attorney, revealed new details about the crimes, saying that the victims were recorded unclothed on video without their knowledge or consent and the images were used for the sexual pleasure of Ms. Palmer.
Michael Meehan, a lawyer for Ms. Palmer, did not return a request for comment.
Ms. Palmer is the daughter of Jerrold Fine, who in 1976 started Charter Oak Partners Management in Westport, Conn., one of the first hedge funds, according to a profile of him on the website of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She used to appear frequently at charity and society events in Greenwich and New York City.
Details of Ms. Palmer’s case are sparse as it has largely remained sealed under the order of Judge John F. Blawie of Connecticut Superior Court. Judge Blawie sealed the order despite multiple objections from The A.P., which repeatedly appealed for open proceedings and access to court documents over the course of the trial. Judge Blawie said that protecting the victims in the case outweighed keeping the case file open.
The authorities say that Ms. Palmer committed the crimes in 2017 and 2018 in Belle Haven, a private neighborhood in Greenwich. She was arrested in October 2021 on several charges that included employing a minor in an obscene performance, three counts of voyeurism, second-degree possession of child sexual abuse imagery and risk of injury to a child. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors agreed to drop all but the voyeurism and child endangerment charges.
The authorities said that Ms. Palmer secretly recorded three minors in intimate situations. At least one of the victims was 15 or younger, prompting the child endangerment charge, the authorities said.
At the time, Ms. Palmer was living in a $10 million, 19th-century Victorian home overlooking Long Island Sound. Belle Haven is favored by hedge fund moguls and has its own private security force. It also gained some notoriety for the 1975 slaying of Martha Moxley and the now-overturned conviction of Michael Skakel, a Kennedy cousin, in her murder.
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