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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 1:29 p.m., Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Former lawmaker sentenced in groping case

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Galen Fox, a former Hawai'i lawmaker, was sentenced to three years of probation today and ordered to register as a sex offender for groping a woman as she slept on an airline flight.

The Republican, who represented Waikiki and was state House minority leader, was sentenced in federal court.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Margaret Nagle sentenced Fox to three years of probation that includes three months of home detention. He must register as a sex offender during the probation period, said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office.

Fox also was ordered to undergo "either psychiatric evaluation or sex offender treatment," Mrozek said.

In October, Fox was convicted in a non-jury trial of abusive sexual conduct, a misdemeanor offense that carried a maximum penalty of six months in jail.

After a nine-year career in state government, the lawmaker resigned last month.

Fox, first elected to the Hawai'i House in 1996 to represent Waikiki and nearby neighborhoods, was sentenced for groping a woman as she slept on a United Airlines flight from Honolulu to Los Angeles on Dec. 18, 2004.