A voyeuristic Connecticut mom has pleaded guilty to secretly recording three people, including a child, in a sexual situation in her multi-million dollar Greenwich mansion.
Hadley Palmer, a mother of four, pleaded guilty to three counts of voyeurism and risk of injury to a minor– all committed in 2017 – on Jan. 19 in state superior court.
As part of the plea bargain, the two most serious charges levied against her were dropped – employing a minor in an obscene performance, which is a Class A felony, and possession of child pornography.
The charges allege she filmed someone either naked or in their underwear with the “intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual desire of such person (defendant) or any other person.”
Palmer, 53, could face between 90 days and 60 months in prison. She will also be required to register as a sex offender.
However, in an unusual move, her criminal case has been sealed from the public. Judge John Blawie ordered in Stamford on Thursday, limiting most of the details and criminal proceedings surrounding her crimes.
The judge said the case was sealed in order to protect several victims’ identities, despite objections from The Associated Press.
“Between 2017 and 2018, the defendant knowingly photographed, filmed and recorded certain individuals without their knowledge or consent, and under circumstances where those individuals were not in plain view, and had a reasonable expectation of privacy, and at least one photograph taken by the defendant depicted a person who was a minor,” Blawie wrote in a Feb 1. ruling that supported sealing Palmer’s file, obtained by The Stamford Advocate.
Palmer also is requesting the judge to close portions of her sentencing – including her own testimony — to the public in another unusual move.
Palmer is the daughter of hedge fund founder, Jerrold Fine. She is in the process of divorcing her venture capitalist husband, Bradley Palmer.
Palmer began serving 90 days in the state women’s prison, as part of her plea agreement on Feb. 4.
While she may have to register on the state’s sex offender registry, per her convictions, her plea agreement notes that a judge may seal the registry entry from public view if the judge determines it is not necessary for public safety and could jeopardize the identities of the victims.