By Jeffery Smith email@example.com
CORNING – A man charged last June with third-degree sexual abuse for allegedly inappropriately touching a female client at his East First Street chiropractic office pleaded guilty Tuesday to disorderly conduct, a non-criminal offense.
Jeremiah Wright, 32, will pay a $100 fine, a $150 surcharge and was issued a one-year order of protection of Wendy Hammond, the woman who told police that Wright made improper contact, that was not suitable, while she was a client at Wright Choice Chiropractic.
Hammond, who works at a local community college, was upset by the verdict and was not allowed by Corning City Judge Mathew McCarthy to speak during the court hearing.
“I have never been involved in anything like this before, and never once imagined that I would be,” Hammond said moments after the court case. “Last year I was sexually abused by my chiropractor. Saying those words, sexual abuse, out loud is very difficult for me to do.”
Wright was not able to be reached after the court case and his office phone was not answered Tuesday afternoon.
John Speranza, Wright’s attorney, told McCarthy that Hammond should not be able to speak at court because Wright pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, and the original misdemeanor sexual abuse charge was dismissed.
“He was unequivocally saying this is not a sexual offense,” said Christina Sonsire, Hammond’s attorney. “In fact, he even went so far as to say Wendy Hammond was removed from the disorderly conduct (plea) even though there was an order of protection that was issued.”
Hammond said this matter completely eroded…
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