A Connecticut socialite who pleaded guilty to secretly recording minors in sexual acts has been released from prison ahead of her sentencing.
Hadley Palmer, 53, was pictured Wednesday exiting the York Correctional Institute, where she has been held in custody since February 4.
Prosecutors had demanded that she begin serving time ahead of her August 2 sentencing to ensure she would serve at least the full minimum time in prison.
Palmer was arrested last October, and pleaded guilty in January to three counts of voyeurism and risk of injury to a minor after prosecutors claimed she had ‘knowingly photographed, filmed and recorded three individuals’ in 2017 and 2018 without their knowledge at her $10 million mansion.
Those three individuals, News 12 Connecticut reports, were minors – with one under the age of 16.
But as part of the deal, the two most serious charges against Palmer, a mother of four, were dropped – employing a minor in an obscene performance and possession of child pornography.
Not much is known about the specifics of the case against her, as a judge ruled that the case should be sealed – saying that the need to protect the young victims outweighed the public’s right to know about the proceedings.
Palmer now faces a sentence of 90 days to five years in prison. She will also have to register as a sex offender under her plea deal.
Hadley, pictured at the York Correction Facility in Connecticut (left), agreed under a plea deal to register as a sex offender. She was arrested in October (right) for taking sexual videos of three minors
Judge John Blawie has previously ruled to keep her court documents sealed to protect the victims’ identities
In court on Wednesday, Judge John Blawie asked whether the state was satisfied with the 90 days Palmer has already served in prison or if prosecutors would be seeking more prison time for Palmer, who was first arrested last year.
‘The court’s question is this: Does the state now consider the 90 days that the defendant just served by agreement to be sufficient in terms of the period of incarceration you will be asking for at sentencing?’ Blawie asked, according to the Middletown Press.
‘Absolutely not,’ Assistant State’s Attorney Daniel Cummings replied.
And before she was released, the Press reports, her attorney Michael Meehan asked the court to modify the conditions of her release to remove her GPS monitoring.
He also reportedly asked that the state strike a condition that prohibited her from owning any cellular or electronic devices.
Cummings ultimately agreed, so long as all camera functionality be permanently disabled.
Prior to her arrest in October, Palmer (left) was pictured at various gala benefits
She and her husband, financier Brad Palmer, right, were pictured with fellow socialite Colleen deVeer. Palmer is now due back in court on August 2 for her sentencing
Palmer and her now estranged husband have four children together, including their daughter Katherine, with whom she is pictured at an event in 2018
It remains unclear exactly what Palmer did with the minors, as Judge Blawie ruled in February that the entire file should be sealed to protect the victims’ identity and that opening it while redacting some of the documents would inevitably lead to the minor victims’ being identified, one of whom police said was at least 15 years old.
‘Between 2017 and 2018, the defendant knowingly photographed, filmed and recorded certain individuals without their knowledge or consent, and under circumstances where those individuals were not in plain view, and had a reasonable expectation of privacy, and at least one photograph taken by the defendant depicted a person who was a minor,’ he wrote.
After her arrest in October, Hadley filed an application for a special probation program known as ‘accelerated rehabilitation’ which immediately sealed the file.
It is a program reserved for first-time offenders. It can be applied to defendants charged with Class C felonies, but only with ‘good cause’.
This is the $10million mansion in Belle Haven, Connecticut, where Hadley spied on the minors
Property records indicate the Palmer family also owns this property in nearby Old Greenwich, Connecticut
The lakeside home in Old Greenwich is worth $3million, according to property records
The entire case is raising questions of whether Palmer, the daughter of hedge fund pioneer Jerrold Fine, is receiving preferential treatment because of her extreme privilege.
Property records indicate that Palmer was living in a $10million home in Belle Haven, Connecticut, at the time of the alleged crimes in 2017 and 2018.
Dr Jerome Brodlie was charged with intentionally not reporting Palmer’s alleged crimes to the authorities
She also has a property nearby, on the water, for an estimated $3million.
Her kids went to prestigious private schools like The Wharton School, and she was popular on the Connecticut social circuit, routinely pictured at various gala benefits.
Legal experts tell the Associated Press – whose reporters opposed the seal – that it was a highly unusual move for her file to be sealed immediately and many say she did not even qualify for accelerated rehabilitation.
They are demanding to know why she has been able to hide from public view, when other defendants have not.
Meanwhile, a psychologist has also been charged in the case for failing to report what she is alleged to have done.
Dr. Jerome Brodlie was charged with intentionally not reporting Palmer’s alleged crimes to the authorities – as he is legally bound to do.
Hadley had filed for divorce from her husband Brad in 2020, and the two are now engaged in custody battle for their youngest child
It has since been revealed that Bradley sought access to Hadley’s social media for evidence of an affair. The couple are pictured here with another wealthy couple, Randall Sandler and Liz Sandler
Hadley Palmer also filed for divorce from her financier husband Bradley in June 2020, with court documents revealing that he sought access to her social media for evidence of an affair.
The divorce records indicated that wealthy financier Bradley Palmer had grown suspicious of Hadley, the New York Times reported.
It is unknown if the court obtained those documents after Hadley objected to the motion as her lawyers asserted her Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination.
Bradley has yet to comment on the arrest of his wife, but, the Middletown Press reports, he is now seeking sole custody for their youngest child, who is underage.
The pair are understood to have four kids together, three of whom are considered young adults.