Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves a Greenwich woman pleading guilty for sex crimes that involves children.
Hadley Palmer, 53, pleaded guilty in January to several felony charges in the voyeurism case. Authorities say that Palmer committed the crimes in 2017 and 2018 in Belle Haven, where public records show that she had been living in a $10 million 19th-century Victorian home overlooking Long Island Sound.
Palmer was arrested last October 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 her plea agreement Palmer will be required to register as a sex offender. Prosecutors have recommended that she serve 90 days to five years in prison, along with 20 years of probation. Her sentencing is scheduled for August. Palmer, whose father founded a hedge fund and who has been frequently photographed at charity benefits in Greenwich and New York City, was released on $750,000 bond.
A judge in Connecticut Superior Court granted a motion to seal the case, a move that had been opposed by The Associated Press. During a February 1 hearing, Dave Collins, a veteran reporter for the wire service based in Connecticut, said that the handling of the case after Palmer’s arrest had set a disturbing precedent, according to an audio recording of the proceeding obtained by The New York Times through a public records request.
Michael Meehan, a lawyer for Palmer, responded that his client had not sought special treatment and that her name had appeared on a printout of the docket in the courthouse lobby on at least four occasions. “The defendant has never made a request to have any information not public prior to her motion to seal the file regarding her name or charges or docket number,” he said during the proceeding. Meehan did not immediately respond to several requests for additional comment. During the hearing, Judge John Blawie of the Connecticut Superior Court said that he had no control of the online records in the case.
Judge Blawie wrote in a ruling on Wednesday, that protecting the victims in the case outweighed keeping the case file open. “If the defendant may be considered as having thrust herself into the public spotlight by virtue of her wrongful behavior and subsequent prosecution, the same may not be said of those parties already adversely impacted by this case.” Through a judicial branch spokeswoman, Judge Blawie declined to comment further about his ruling, which could be appealed.
Eugene Riccio, a lawyer for one of the victims, said in an email on Friday that his client appreciated the court’s move to protect privacy. And Audrey Felsen, who represents another victim, said that the sealing order had nothing to do with the defendant it was a victims rights issue. Lawyers for the other victims, who the authorities said were also photographed by Palmer, either declined to comment or did not respond to messages.