A man is scheduled to be sentenced in Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday after pleading guilty to groping four girls.
Defendant Gary Wendt pleaded guilty to four counts of criminal sexual act, a class A misdemeanor, and one count of third-degree assault in Manhattan Supreme Court, among a half-dozen other charges, according to a statement from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. He also admitted that he forced himself on some of the victims, adding that he used a condom on one of them.
He previously faced as many as three years in prison, but the plea agreement calls for him to serve a four-year sentence.
Wendt sexually abused the four teens on December 21, 2015 — two in a parked car outside of Midtown South High School and two more in a public park. A fifth teen, who claimed he was sexually abused a few days before the other four, was able to identify Wendt after police conducted DNA tests.
While much attention has been focused on sexual harassment in colleges, a New York City man had his case passed through the system over the summer. Gary Wendt was arrested for sexual harassment and assault in January, and charges were then upgraded to criminal sexual act and sex abuse on March 8.