Lincoln Adim, one of Becca Kufrin's suitors on The Bachelorette, was found guilty of indecent assault and battery for "groping and assaulting an adult female on a harbor cruise ship." He was convicted on May 21, a month after filming for this season ended—but he was charged in 2016, well before ABC gave him the green light to join the cast of The Bachelorette.
According to a statement from the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office, the incident occurred on May 30, 2016. Adim was "sentenced to one year in a house of correction, with that term suspended for a two-year probationary period. The judge ordered him to stay away from the victim and attend three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings per week during those two years."
"If he complies with the judge’s orders, he will not have to serve out his term, but if he fails to comply with those orders or re-offends, he could be ordered to serve out the year behind bars,” the statement continued.
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The news surfaced yesterday when TV blogger Reality Steve released the DA's statement, after following up on a tip claiming that Adim was spotted at a Boston courthouse Monday. Former Bachlelor contestant Ashley Spivey—who is establishing herself as a de facto whistleblower on ABC's lax Bachelor Nation screening process—noted that Adim will also be required to register as a sex offender.
"I do not understand how a serious crime like this was missed during background checks," Spivey tweeted today. "It took me exactly 1 hour to do the proper research and contact the proper authorities to find this information."
Spivey was also the one to uncover Bachelorette contestant Garrett Yrigoyen's history of racist and sexist social media activity earlier this season, chastising ABC for being the most negligent matchmakers ever.