Red-faced and whispering, City Councilman Dennis Gallagher angrily pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanor sex charges for assaulting a woman in his campaign office.
Councilman Dennis Gallagher pleads guilty to sex abuse
Statement by Dennis Gallagher in court Monday, after pleading guilty to 2 misdemeanor counts of forcible touching and sexual abuse:
“On Sunday, July 8, 2007, while I was intoxicated, I intentionally and forcibly touched intimate parts of the complainant and subjected her to sexual contact without her consent. My conduct was wrong and I apologize to the complainant. I intend to continue treatment for my alcohol abuse and also announce my resignation as a member of the New York City Council, effective close of business on Friday, April 18, 2008.”
From the NY Post: His lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, made a point in the court record that it was the first time in Queens history that rape charges had been reduced to a misdemeanor.
He's guilty of touching her while drunk, but not raping her while drunk? Guess his DNA got inside her by freak of nature. This was a sweetheart deal where justice was not served. Going to rehab and resigning a position you'll be thrown out of next year anyway is not punishment. The victim was ready to testify but was told she had no say in the plea deal. This just plain stinks. Shame on the Queens DA.