Newcastle man enters Alford plea for immoral communication with minor

August 11, 2011

By Staff

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NEW — 5:45 p.m. Aug. 11, 2011

Newcastle resident Gil Furman entered an Alford plea* in King County Superior Court Aug. 9 to two counts of communication with a minor for immoral purposes.

The maximum sentence Furman could face for each count is 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine.

One count of third-degree child molestation will be dismissed at Furman’s sentencing before Judge Mariane C. Spearman at 1 p.m. Sept. 16 in King County Superior Court.

Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit he or she committed the crime, but admits the prosecution could have enough evidence to prove the charge if the case were to go to trial.

In court documents outlining his plea, prosecutors recommend Furman not have contact with the victim or her immediate family, as well as require Furman to register as a sex offender. It is recommended Furman only be allowed in the presence of minors if the minors know of the charges against him and if an adult is present. The recommendation excludes his own children.

The charges stem from a string of incidents where Furman molested a teenage girl for about two years beginning when the girl was 13 and ending when she was 15 in November 2009, according to court documents.

Furman pushed the girl into walls and kissed and groped her, sometimes under her clothes but over her underwear, according to the documents. The victim stated the incidents happened about 50 times.

Furman was originally charged in January with one count of second-degree child molestation and two counts of third-degree child molestation.

* This report contains corrected information.

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