A top LivingSocial executive was found guilty Wednesday in D.C. Superior Court of misdemeanor simple assault involving the groping of a woman at the Four Seasons Hotel last year.
Barry Judge, 52, the chief marketing officer with the D.C.-based online marketplace and a former top executive with Best Buy, entered what is called an Alford plea, in which he denied the allegations but admitted that prosecutors had enough evidence against him..
Prosecutors said Judge reached over and grabbed a woman under her skirt as the woman walked past him on the evening of June 22, 2013, at the Bourbon Steak lounge within the hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue in Northwest. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss the sex-abuse charge against him.
Sitting in the courtroom Wednesday, Judge had his hands folded in front of him until his case was called. Judge told the court he remembered sitting at the bar of the Four Seasons having drinks but did not recall anything else.
The 39-year-old woman, who was in the courtroom, emerged from the audience and told Senior Judge Susan Winfield she was “completely humiliated and degraded” by Judge.
Judge is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 12. He faces a maximum of 180 days in jail and a $1,o00 fine. Judge, a native of Toronto, could also face extradition to Canada, Winfield said, depending on his status within the U.S.
After the hearing, Judge and his attorney, Pamela Satterfield, declined to comment as they left the courthouse.