A contestant on ABC’s The Bachelorette was convicted of indecent assault and battery on May 21, USA TODAY has confirmed.
Lincoln Adim, 26, who is still chasing after Becca Kufrin’s heart on the current season of ABC’s reality show, was charged after a 2016 incident involving an woman on a harbor cruise ship in Boston Harbor, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.
Adim was convicted one week before The Bachelorette returned.
“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, a spokesman for the country’s district attorney.
“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 continues. “By law, he is expected to register as a sex offender.”
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The question is how Adim slipped through ABC’s system of background checks.
According to Bachelor Nation, the recent expose written by Los Angeles Times reporter Amy Kaufman, each contestant completes a 150-question personality test, is profiled by a psychologist, submits to medical testing (including STD screenings) and meets with a private investigator “trained to dig up any skeletons” in their closets.
It’s the second hit the show has taken this season after fans rooted out offensive social media behavior by Garrett Yrigoyen, another contestant, who is viewed as a frontrunner this season. Yrigoyen has since apologized.
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Reps for ABC referred USA TODAY to Warner Bros. TV, which produces The Bachelorette. Warner Bros. declined comment on how Adim slipped through their background checks, or why he was allowed on the show if the studio was aware of his charges.
TV blogger Reality Steve was the first to break the news.
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