Tom Wopat sentenced to one year probation

Tom Wopat gets one year probation

 

Tom Wopat, Luke Duke from “The Dukes of Hazzard”, accused of groping cast members of a musical in Waltham in August, was sentenced to probation on two counts of “annoying and accosting a person of the opposite sex,” the Middlesex district attorney’s office said.

Wopat, 66, of New York, pleaded guilty to the charge in Waltham District Court and was sentenced to a year of probation and ordered to stay away from and have no contact with the two victims. He must also undergo counseling, according to a statement from prosecutor’s.

Wopat was placed on pre-trial probation for one year on two counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14, the statement said.

Officials said Wopat also admitted that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him on possession of a Class B drug. That case was continued without a finding for one year, the statement said.

Wopat was arrested on Aug. 2 by Waltham police as he was leaving Waltham High School, where he was rehearsing for a local production of “42nd Street” with The Reagle Players. He later dropped out of the show.

Wopat allegedly groped a woman with whom he was set to perform in the show. He was later found in possession of cocaine, prosecutors said.

He pleaded not guilty at his Aug. 3 arraignment on on charges of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14 and possession of a Class B drug, officials said. At the time, Wopat’s publicist said the former ‘80s television star “firmly denies” the allegations.

Source: Boston Globe