'The Bachelorette' Contestant Lincoln Adim Was Convicted of Indecent Assault

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Lincoln Adim, one of the men vying for Becca Kufrin’s heart on The Bachelorette, was found guilty on May 21 for inappropriately touching a woman aboard a harbor cruise ship in 2016, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office Press Secretary Jake Wark confirmed to Cosmopolitan.com. Adim’s conviction was first reported by long-time Bachelor/Bachelorette spoiler Reality Steve on Wednesday afternoon.

According to Wark, Adim was convicted in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, of indecent assault and battery for groping and assaulting an adult female, and was sentenced to one year in a house of correction, with that term suspended for a two-year probationary period.

“The judge ordered him to stay away from the victim and attend three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings per week during those two years,” Wark said. “If he complies with the judge’s orders, he will not have to serve out his term, but if he fails to comply with those orders or re-offends, he could be ordered to serve out the year behind bars.”

But despite Adim possibly avoiding jail time, pending good behavior, Wark said he is by law “expected to register as a sex offender.”

Since Adim is competing on an ABC reality dating show, many may question how producers would not be aware of his previous criminal history. In fact, Amy Kaufman noted in Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America’s Favorite Guilty Pleasure that all contestants undergo psychological evaluations and medical examinations for sexually-transmitted diseases.

Host Chris Harrison confirmed in this Entertainment Tonight interview in 2017, prior to Adim’s conviction, that contestants are screened through criminal background checks, but admited, “Could somebody slip through the cracks? We’re not the feds.”

When Cosmopolitan.com asked Wark whether Adim’s case should have showed up on a background check, he responded, “It’s really a question for the company who puts together the background checks, but in the state of Massachusetts it’s public record.”

Wark declined to release any documents pertaining to Adim’s case in order to protect the female victim whose information is stated on the records.

Adim has been deemed a frontrunner and fan-favorite on Kufrin’s season of The Bachelorette ever since he appeared on Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s “After the Final Rose” episode, below.

Neither Adim or Kufrin have made a statement about Adim’s conviction. Cosmopolitan.com reached out to ABC for comment, but the network did not issue a response. Warner Bros. also declined to comment.

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