A contestant on the latest "Bachelorette" season was convicted of indecent assault and battery last month.
Lincoln Adim, who currently appears on Becca Kufrin's season, was found guilty on May 21 of "indecent assault and battery for groping and assaulting an adult female on a harbor cruise ship" back on May 30, 2016, Press Secretary Jake Wark of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office told Fox News in a statement.
"No one on 'The Bachelorette' production had any knowledge about the incident or charges when Lincoln Adim was cast, and he himself denied ever having engaged in or having been charged with any sexual misconduct," a statement to Fox News from Warner Bros., which produces the show for ABC read. "We employ a well-respected and highly experienced third party who has done thousands of background checks consistent with industry standards to do a nationwide background check in this case. The report we received did not reference any incident or charge relating to the recent conviction - or any other charges relating to sexual misconduct. We are currently investigating why the report did not contain this information, which we will share when we have it."
According to Wark, Adim 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," said Wark. "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."
Added Wark: "By law, he is expected to register as a sex offender."
Adim has yet to be eliminated on the ABC series, which kicked off its 14th season on May 28.