SOUTHINGTON - A local man has been sentenced to four months in prison after inappropriately touching two teenage girls and making sexual comments to them.
Lance Goldman, 41, of 404 Mill St., accepted a plea deal Thursday in Bristol Superior Court. He pleaded guilty to one count each of fourth-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor.
Under the terms of the plea deal, Goldman was sentenced to 10 years in prison, suspended after service of four months, and 10 years’ probation. He will also be required to register as a sex offender for 10 years.
During probation, Goldman has been ordered not to have any unsupervised contact with the two victims and to undergo any sex offender treatment that his supervising officer believes is necessary. He also may not be allowed to have unsupervised contact with any minors, if it is ordered by his probation officer.
Goldman was arrested June 29, 2016, on charges of risk of injury to a minor, three counts of illegal sexual contact and four counts of fourth-degree sexual assault. Many of those charges were not pursued, which was part of the plea deal arrangement.
According to the arrest warrant, police were first made aware of the allegations in March 2016 after one of the alleged victims, a 13-year-old, confided in a family friend. The girl told the friend that she and the other victim, 16, had been inappropriately touched by Goldman, who is related to the girls by marriage, between August 2015 and March 2016.
During an interview at the Greater Hartford Children’s Advocacy Center in St. Francis Hospital, the two teens told investigators that Goldman had touched their breasts and genital area, over their clothes, on numerous occasions, according to the warrant.
When police spoke to Goldman over the phone in April 2016, he said he was “stumped” by the allegations and wanted to talk with police so he could give his side of the story. He did that later that month.
Goldman told police, the warrant said, that he tickled the teens on multiple occasions, but he never intentionally touched their breasts or genital areas. It’s possible, he said, that he accidentally touched their private areas.
Police also said Goldman told detectives he showed the teens how to protect themselves against possible attackers, putting them in holds and teaching them ways to combat them. Police said he fully cooperated with investigators and did not feel the need for an attorney during the interview.
During the hearing Thursday, Goldman apologized for his actions in a brief statement.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.