August 1, 1996 |
Former Assemblyman Tom Connolly, whose brief political career ended amid allegations that he sexually harassed women staff members and cruised for prostitutes, has been charged with four counts of sexual misconduct with a minor. Two misdemeanor and two felony charges filed Tuesday in Municipal Court allege that Connolly, 50, engaged in sex with a 14-year-old girl in National City. Connolly, a Democrat from Lemon Grove, lost his reelection bid in 1994.
July 4, 1997 |
Former state Assemblyman Tom Connolly, who served a single term from eastern San Diego County, was sentenced Thursday to two years in state prison for having sex with a 14-year-old girl. Connolly, 51, a lawyer and Vietnam veteran, said he disagrees with a probation officer's evaluation that he is not remorseful. He vowed to rebuild his life despite being a sex offender.
January 1, 1996 |
Six former staff members of ex-Assemblyman Tom Connolly (D-Lemon Grove) have sent a letter to the Assembly Rules Committee expressing their anger that the state settled a sex harassment and wrongful termination case against their former boss for $200,000. "Lies regarding sexual harassment should not be rewarded," said the letter signed by three men and three women. "We are shocked, angered and disappointed."
March 11, 1997 |
A civil jury Monday found in favor of former Assemblyman Tom Connolly in a sexual harassment suit filed against him by his onetime chief of staff and political consultant. The jury, after deliberating for two hours, voted 10 to 2 to reject the claim of Dena Holman that Connolly harassed her by making lewd comments and gestures. Holman was seeking unspecified damages in the Superior Court suit. "I didn't win anything," said Connolly outside court. "The truth won. My life will never be the same.
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November 5, 1992 |
Only weeks ago, it seemed improbable that Republican Steve Baldwin could lose the race for the 77th Assembly District. With $243,000 in campaign contributions, Baldwin had outspent Democrat Tom Connolly 10-to-1, in a heavily Republican district considered among the most conservative in San Diego County.
May 13, 1997 |
Former Assemblyman Tom Connolly, driven from office in 1994 by revelations about his checkered past, was convicted Monday of having sex with an underage girl in October 1995. Connolly, 51, was stoic when a Superior Court jury returned its guilty verdict on two felony charges and two misdemeanor counts after deliberating for two hours. He faces five years behind bars and could lose his license to practice law, said Deputy Atty. Gen. Lora Fox Martin. "Justice was served," Martin said.