Newcastle man enters Alford plea in child molestation case

September 2, 2011

By Christina Lords

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, 39, could face for each misdemeanor 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.

Furman denied the allegations against him, but pleaded guilty “to the two gross misdemeanor counts in order to avoid going to trial on the charges and risk conviction of one or more felony counts,” according to a statement attached to his plea.

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

Furman pushed the girl into walls and kissed and groped her, sometimes under her clothes but over her underwear, prosecutors said in the charging documents. The girl stated the incidents happened about 50 times, the documents said.

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

In documents outlining the plea, prosecutors recommend Furman not have contact with the girl 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.

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