*A 26-year-old from Nigeria is competing on Becca Kufrin’s season of the ABC The Bachelorette, but he failed to inform the show’s producer’s that he was convicted of indecent assault and battery last month stemming from a 2016 incident in Boston.
“Mr. Adim was found guilty on May 21 of indecent assault and battery for groping and assaulting an adult female on a harbor cruise ship early on May 30, 2016,” Jake Wark, press secretary for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, said in a statement to Us Weekly on Wednesday, June 13. “He was sentenced to one year in a house of correction, with that term suspended for a two-year probationary period.”
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Adim, has yet to be eliminated from the ABC dating show, was ordered by a judge “to stay away from the victim and attend three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings per week during those two years.”
If Adim acts in accordance with the judge’s sentence terms, “he will not have to serve out his term,” added Wark. “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.”
The show’s producer Warner Bros. TV responded to the revelation on Wednesday, denying knowledge of the conviction.
“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,” the statement reads. “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.”
“The Bachelorette” airs its next episode on Monday.