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Wealthy Mom Pleads Guilty To Secretly Filming Adults, Child To Satisfy 'Sexual Desire’
Hadley Palmer admitted to filming three people, including one child, without their consent at her $10 million mansion for sexual gratification.
A wealthy Connecticut mother of four has pleaded guilty to secretly filming three people — including a child — for “sexual pleasure” at her $10 million mansion, court records show.
Hadley Palmer, 53, pleaded guilty in the state Superior Court in Stamford on Jan. 19 to three counts of voyeurism and one count of risk of injury to a minor for the incidents, the Associated Press reports. She faces up to five years in prison and is required to now register as a sex offender.
As part of her plea deal, two more serious charges — employing a minor in an obscene performance and possession of child pornography — were dropped.
The recordings and photos were captured between 2017 and 2018, “and at least one photograph taken by the defendant depicted a person who was a minor," Blawie wrote in the ruling to seal the case, according to the Stamford Advocate.
She apparently secretly recorded the three victims, who were either naked or in their underwear, at her mansion in Greenwich with the "intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual desire of such person or any other person," according to court documents obtained by the Associated Press.
Palmer was arrested in 2021. It’s not clear how the mother of four targeted her victims.
The wealthy defendant is the daughter of Jerrold Fine, who founded the hedge fund Charter Oak Partners Management in 1976, People notes.
In an unusual decision, John F. Blawie, a judge for the Fairfield District Superior Court in Connecticut, sealed the case against her, the Associated Press reported on Monday.
Dave Collins, a veteran Associated Press reporter who covers Connecticut cases, argued at a Feb. 1 hearing that Palmer's case should remain unsealed, noting that wealthy people often seal cases for their own benefit, according to the New York Times. He made clear that the case file, if public, could still have all information about the victims redacted.
"The public needs to know how these cases are handled and adjudicated," Collins said. "Everybody else's case is online. Why isn't Mrs. Palmer's case?"
Blawie responded by claiming "there is no two-tiered justice," according to the New York Times.