Lincoln Adim, a Bachelorette season 14 contestant was convicted on May 21, in connection with a 2016 groping episode in Boston, putting the show’s vetting process under scrutiny once again.
The 26 year old was convicted of indecent assault and battery for groping and assaulting an adult female on a harbor cruise ship, according to a statement from the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.
Lincoln’s sentence was handed down right before Becca’s season premiered. He was sentenced to a year behind bars, with that term being 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,” says a statement sent to USA TODAY by Jake Wark, press secretary for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.
“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. By law, he is expected to register as a sex offender.”
Bachelor franchise host Chris Harrison confirmed in an Entertainment Tonight interview in 2017 that contestants are screened through criminal background checks, but admitted, “Could somebody slip through the cracks? We’re not the feds.”
Warner Bros issued the following statement about Lincoln Adim: No one on The Bachelorette production had any knowledge about the incident or charges when Lincoln Adim was cast, and he himself denied ever having engaged in or having been charged with any sexual misconduct. We employ a well-respected and highly experienced third party who has done thousands of background checks consistent with industry standards to do a nationwide background check in this case. The report we received did not reference any incident or charge relating to the recent conviction — or any other charges relating to sexual misconduct. We are currently investigating why the report did not contain this information, which we will share when we have it.