Springfield man avoids sex offender registry in party drugging case

  • Gary Tallman, center, is seen with his attorney Jesse Adams, at right, at his sentencing on Monday, June 4, 2019, in Hampshire Superior Court. STAFF PHOTO/BERA DUNAU

Staff Writer
Published: 6/4/2019 2:56:54 PM

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield man who pleaded guilty in May to indecent assault and battery and a drug charge will not have to register as a sex offender, a judge has ruled.

Gary Tallman, 22, was sentenced to 2½ years in jail, with 18 months to be served directly and the balance suspended, and five years’ probation on one count of indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or over. He also was sentenced to five years of probation on one count of distribution of a class B substance, to be served concurrently with his probation on the assault charge. Tallman was credited with 336 days of time served.

Judge John Agostini accepted the prosecution’s recommendation for the sentence on May 20, but left open the question of whether Agostini would have to register as a sex offender until his actual sentencing. In the end, Agostini chose not to make registration a requirement.

Tallman pleaded guilty to both charges as part of a plea agreement under which earlier charges of rape, drugging for sexual intercourse and misleading a police officer were dropped.

The charges stem from an incident in August 2016 at a house party in Ware, where the commonwealth alleged Tallman gave a 17-year-old girl water with benzodiazepines in it, and that a friend of the girl’s found Tallman on top of the girl when they were unclothed and the girl did not know what was going on.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.

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