Newcastle man sentenced for immoral communication with minor
September 21, 2011
By Christina Lords
NEW — 6:10 p.m., Sept. 20, 2011
Gil Furman, a 39-year-old Newcastle man charged with two counts of communication with a minor for immoral purposes, received a one-year suspended jail sentence in King County Superior Court.
The suspension comes under the conditions that he spend 60 days in jail work release and complete 720 hours of community service within one year.
Furman, who was sentenced by Judge Mariane C. Spearman on Sept. 16, was also sentenced to two years of probation. He must register as a sex offender and cannot have contact with the victim or her family.
Furman entered an Alford plea for the charges Aug. 9.
Under the plea, 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.