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Man Charged With Groping Teen At Fairfield Fireworks Gets Probation

Harry Metz
Harry Metz Photo Credit: Fairfield Police Department

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- A Redding man who was charged with groping a 14-year-old at a fireworks show in Fairfield last year will receive probation and won't have to register as a sex offender, according to the Connecticut Post.

Fairfield Police launched a search for 54-year-old Harry Metz after he photobombed the girl's selfie after the fireworks show last year and groped her, according to police reports. He was eventually identified and a warrant was issued for his arrest, and he turned himself in on Aug. 8, 2016.

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Metz pleaded guilty to fourth-degree sexual assault and reckless endangerment, the Connecticut Post reported. He pleaded guilty under the Alford Doctrine, where he does not admit guilty but concedes that he would be found guilty if he went to trial, and then was found guilty by a jury, according to the Connecticut Post. 

Under his plea agreement, he will receive probation and will undergo alcohol treatment, the Connecticut Post reported. Though he will not have to register as a sex offender, he will not be allowed to have further contact with the victim, according to the Connecticut Post.

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