Un-freaking-conscionable! Ballinger, former Cornell fraternity president, sentenced to 6 years probation for forcible touching
By Jaime Cone
April 11, 2017
Wolfgang Ballinger, a former Cornell University fraternity president who was accused of attempted rape in January 2016, did not express remorse when given the opportunity Tuesday in Tompkins County Court and was sentenced to six years probation.
Ballinger was originally charged with three first-degree felonies: criminal sex act, attempted rape, and sexual abuse. He pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of forcible touching, a misdemeanor, in February.
The victim, who was a college freshman at the time of the incident, gave an emotional statement before Judge Joseph R. Cassidy. She said the night in question was the first time she ever met Ballinger and that she believes he targeted her, introducing himself as "Will" before shutting her in a room and forcing her to have oral sex.
She said she has accepted Ballinger will not receive jail time and asked the judge to impose six years probation, the harshest penalty possible for the charge of forcible touching.
"Just receiving validation that something did occur means a lot to me," she said.
"No, thank you," was all Ballinger said when asked if he would like to make a statement to the court.
"What I think is noteworthy is the fact that he never expressed remorse or accepted responsibility," said District Attorney Matthew Van Houten, "which to me indicates that he does need some form of supervision."Ballinger will not be required to register as a sex offender.
The judge imposed all of the conditions of probation requested by the District Attorney's Office with two exceptions: Ballinger may not enter any premises serving alcohol or come in contact with minors, but he is allowed to work in any establishment owned by his family and to be around family members who are minors.
There was some dispute about whether or not Ballinger's family is the current owner of Webster Hall in Manhattan. The New York Post reported April 2 that the music hall was changing hands from Lou Ballinger to Barclays Centerís corporate parent.
"Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment is teaming with AEG-backed The Bowery Presents to take over operations at the iconic music venue," The Post reported.
When the reports were brought up in court, Ballinger's attorney, Sarah Wesley, shook her head and said that it was a "family sale." The judge agreed that if his family does in fact still own Webster Hall that Ballinger would be permitted to work there. http://www.ithaca.com/news/ithaca/ballin...5a5ad8a773.html