Three men receive three months in jail following criminal conviction by jury; defendants disrupted medical office operations and patient services
WPCNR LAW JOURNAL. From the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office. August 2, 2022:
Westchester County District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah announced that three men affiliated with the anti-abortion group Red Rose Rescue, including two that live out of state, were sentenced on August 2, 2022, to three months in jail following their criminal conviction for trespassing at All Women’s Health and Medical Services in White Plains. Judge John Collins of White Plains City Court imposed fines and court surcharges totaling $750 for each defendant due on or before February 2, 2023.
During sentencing, Judge Collins expressed his opinion that one of the defendants lied during the trial, and that the conduct of all three men during the incident was disrespectful toward law enforcement. Collins also noted that the defendants placed their personal interests above the rule of law and that their criminal conduct warranted the maximum jail sentence.
“We are pleased that in this case, the Court imposed the maximum jail sentence allowed under the law as we recommended,” DA Rocah said. “Abortion is legal in the state of New York and interfering with a patient’s right to access medical and reproductive care is a crime. I will use the full force of my office to protect patients and reproductive rights here in Westchester County,”
Following a three-day trial in March 2022, a jury found Matthew Connolly, 40, of Minnesota, William Goodman, 52, of Wisconsin, and, Christopher Moscinski, 52, of the Bronx, guilty of Criminal Trespass in the Third Degree, a misdemeanor.
On November 27, 2021, at approximately 8:40 a.m., the defendants entered All Women’s Health and Medical Services in White Plains, a private medical office, where they remained unlawfully for approximately two hours despite receiving numerous requests and warnings to leave from medical staff and the White Plains Police Department. All three defendants disrupted facility operations and patient services, with two defendants occupying the waiting room, rendering it unusable, and another using his body to create an obstacle in one of the office doorways. They were arrested by White Plains police who had to physically carry them out of the premises.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Celia Curtis of the Trials and Investigations Division.