Bryon Hefner, estranged husband of former Senate President Stan Rosenberg of Amherst, was sentenced to three years’ probation.
– News covered by Quincy Quarry News.
Bryon Hefner, estranged husband of former Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg, gets probation in sex assault case
On the eve of his trial, Bryon Hefner, the much younger estranged husband of former Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, pleaded guilty to sexual assault.
Hefner pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one count of indecent assault and battery on someone over 14, assault and battery, and dissemination of a visual image of a nude or partially nude person in a plea deal. Prosecutors agreed to drop six additional related charges.
Hefner had been set to go to trial on Wednesday (today, ed.) in Suffolk Superior Court on five counts of indecent assault and battery against three different men. He was also facing a separate trial for allegedly distributing nude photographs without the subject’s consent.
He was sentenced to three years’ probation. He was also sentenced to one year in jail, suspended for three years, so he will only be sent to jail if he violates his probation.
He will also have to register as a sex offender.
In a brief statement in court, Hefner apologized to his victims and to his family.
Former Senator Stan Rosenberg spent nearly $148,700 to the Boston law firm Clements and Pineault from his campaign account between January and September 2018, mot likely for legal services related to his prosecution..
In the wake of this scandal, the Massachusetts Senate still has not updated its sexual harassment policies. Although a special committee made recommendations for changing Senate policies, changes have not yet been made.