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A Yorktown man will serve no jail time for having a sexual relationship with a minor more than 10 years his junior.
On Tuesday, Gordon T. Hammersley was sentenced to 10 years in prison for taking indecent liberties with a 14-year-old girl entrusted to his supervision over the course of seven months between 2009 and 2010. All 10 years were suspended.
Hammersley, age 26 at the time, was the victim’s tennis coach and also responsible for driving her to and from their lessons. The victim did not officially file a complaint until several years after their sexual relationship ended.
Hammersley was charged with seven counts of taking indecent liberties by a person in a custodial or supervisory relationship. He pleaded guilty to two felony counts, while the other five were dropped during a preliminary hearing in July 2014.
At Tuesday’s sentencing, the defense called to the stand a coworker of Hammersley’s during the period of time of the sexual assaults. The former co-worker testified Hammersley’s strong work ethic and positive attitude.
“He’s someone you will never have trouble with again,” the woman testified.
In making a final decision, Judge Richard Rizk also considered the results of a psycho-sexual analysis Hammersley was ordered to undergo as part of the pre-sentencing report.
The prosecution also presented excerpts from a psycho-sexual analysis that Hammersley was required to undergo as part of his pre-sentencing report as a counter to the character statements the court received on his behalf. In the report, he was described as a “psychologically unsophisticated individual” who was calculatedly portraying himself in a particular way to seem more sympathetic.
The crux of the debate between the prosecution and defense was whether Hammersley should be placed on a lifetime sex offenders registry or on a registry that allows him to be removed after 15 years.
Rizk ruled he could not overlook the prosecution’s objections to the possibility of removal from the registry, deciding to have him placed on the lifetime sex offenders registry.
Hammersley will also have to undergo a sex offender accountability program and polygraph examinations as part of the terms of his probation, which is to exceed no more than 10 years.