LAS VEGAS — A former janitor at the Lloyd George U.S. Courthouse was sentenced Wednesday to four years of probation for assaulting a co-worker last year, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Jardiel Melendez-Martinez, 45, was arrested at work in September on a charge of abusive sexual contact, a felony, but later pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of simple assault, a misdemeanor, the article stated.
According to the article, the defendant pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor assault charge in March: As part of his plea agreement, he admitted that while working in the courthouse, he "attempted and threatened to inflict injury upon a female coworker by grabbing her."
Several people, including the defendant''s wife, wrote letters to Dawson on his behalf. Many of the letters described him as a hardworking family man, the article noted.
The assault charge carries a maximum penalty of six months in prison, but U.S. District Judge Kent Dawson chose to follow the recommendation of probation officials in sentencing the defendant, the article added.