Rome man pleads guilty to slapping Denny's waitress' butt; must pay fines

65-year-old Clarence Locke Jr. of Rome (Photo provided by the Rome Police Department)

The Rome man who was accused of slapping a Denny’s waitress’ butt earlier this year has pleaded guilty to the crime, but he hasn’t been offered a plea deal, according to Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara.

Posted: Sep. 13, 2018 1:26 PM
Updated: Sep. 13, 2018 3:46 PM

The Rome man who was accused of slapping a Denny’s waitress’ butt earlier this year has pleaded guilty to the crime, but he hasn’t been offered a plea deal, according to Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara.

Clarence Locke Jr., 65, was charged with misdemeanor forcible touching back in May. McNamara posted on Facebook that Locke was scheduled for a Huntley Hearing in Rome City Court on Thursday, but Locke instead chose to plead guilty to forcible touching, even though he was not offered plea deal or a reduced sentence.

Police say Locke was being served by a waitress at the Denny’s restaurant in Rome on May 21 when he slapped he slapped the waitress’ butt. He was asked to leave the diner, and he was arrested later that day after police reviewed surveillance footage.

McNamara said in June that they would not offer Locke a plea deal, and they hoped it would send a message not only to Locke, but to anyone else who would treat someone the way that the waitress was treated.

McNamara says that based on the judge’s assessment of the seriousness of the offense, and the fact that Locke had no prior criminal history, he was sentenced to the following:

- $500 fine
- $200 surcharge
- $50 DNA fee
- $1,000 supplemental sex offender fee
- $50 sex offender fee
- Permanent (3 year) stay away order of protection for the victim
- 1 year conditional discharge to obey all laws

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