Arizona judge issues apology to victim of groping

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- A Coconino County judge who told a woman groped by a state police officer at a Flagstaff bar that she wouldn't have been violated had she not been in the bar has issued an apology.
 
Superior Court Judge Jacqueline Hatch said Friday that she failed to uphold her responsibility to ensure that defendants and victims are treated fairly and with respect in the courtroom. She says her comments were poorly communicated and apologized for any anguish they caused the victim.
 
The Arizona Daily Sun reports that Hatch made the comments Wednesday during a sentencing hearing for 43-year-old Robb Gary Evans. He had been convicted of felony sexual abuse.
 
The victim told the Daily Sun that she felt Hatch accused her of allowing herself to become a victim and demanded an apology.
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Information from: Arizona Daily Sun, http://www.azdailysun.com/