PLYMOUTH - A local man has been sentenced to a year in prison for giving a teenager alcohol and touching him without his permission.
Martin Gingras, 40, of 329 Main St., accepted a plea bargain in Bristol Superior Court on Thursday, pleading guilty to one substituted charge of first-degree reckless endangerment, according to online court records. He had been charged with fourth-degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct, but those charges were not pursued.
According to court documents, Gingras gave a 19-year-old spiked fruit punch and reached down his pants, touching his penis.
According to the arrest warrant, the teen applied for a job on May 12 at a fast food restaurant in Bristol, where Gingras was the manager. The teen had multiple friends who worked there. Gingras, police said in the warrant, invited the teen back to his home along with two of the victim’s friends.
While at the home, the 19-year-old was given fruit punch that he believed was spiked with alcohol. His two friends left to go to work and agreed to pick him up when they were done.
At some point while the two were alone, the teen said, Gingras touched him inappropriately, according to the warrant. He asked that he stop, and Gingras obliged, the complainant said. He then called another friend to pick him up.
The incident was reported on June 12, according to court papers.
When police spoke to Gingras, he told officers he had no idea what they were talking about and he denied giving anyone spiked punch, the warrant said. He said he would set up an interview with investigators after speaking to his attorney, but he did not contact police again after that.
According to Bristol Superior Court officials, Gingras is on probation after being convicted in 2013 of two counts of illegal sexual contact. He was sentenced in those cases to 10 years in prison, suspended after service of five years, and 10 years of probation. He was sentenced on March 28, 2013, and released on May 20, 2016, according to the state’s sex offender website. Those convictions require Gingras to register as a sex offender.
According to state police, Gingras sexually assaulted two boys, ages 10 and 6, in 2008 while he was a swim instructor at the YMCA in North Canaan. Gingras has been charged with violating his two probations. Those matters are still pending.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.