A man who, while drunk, created a disturbance and attacked two women in separate incidents, has been sentenced to 73 days of community service that he must fulfill by making presentations on alcohol awareness and prevention in schools.
Superior Court Presiding Judge Robert C. Naraja described his sentence on Jerome Tudela Aldan as “unique” and a “pilot project” where the court shall try to use the defendant’s experience as a deterrent, not just for the defendant but for the community as a whole.
Aldan, 36, was sentenced to two years in prison, all suspended except for three months, with credit for 17 days of time served. The remaining prison term shall be served in the form of 1,752 hours of community service, to be served by giving alcohol awareness and prevention presentation at junior and senior high schools per year.
Aldan was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, criminal mischief, assault and battery, assault, and disturbing the peace.
In another case, the defendant was charged with assault and battery, two counts of disturbing the peace, and criminal contempt.
Aldan pleaded guilty to criminal mischief, assault and battery, and disturbing the peace as part of a plea agreement with the government. The remaining charges in both cases will be dropped.
In his sentencing order last week, Naraja said that Aldan has no prior criminal record.
Naraja said that Aldan’s crimes were serious, but the court believes that they were purely the result of intoxication and future incidents will not occur if he stops becoming drunk and can maintain control of himself.
“The court believes that the public’s interest in this case is best served by having defendant share his alcohol experience with junior and senior high school students who are at risk of making similar alcohol-related mistakes and over the airwaves of the media to reach and benefit the whole community,” the judge said.
Naraja said that if Aldan can use his experience to prevent teenagers from using alcohol and prevent adults from using alcohol irresponsibly, the public’s interest would be served quite well.
“The court believes that eight, ninth, and eleventh grade students are old enough to be at risk of using alcohol and mature enough to understand the presentation, but yet young enough for the presentation to have a real and lasting impact on their lives,” he said.
Aldan was placed on probation for two years and required to pay $930.38 in restitution, $200 in probation fees, $50 in court assessment fee, and $100 fine.
Police said that Aldan tried to pick a fight with another man in May 2013 inside GIG by flipping him and shoving him on the shoulder. He told the victim that he wants a fight.
In the other case, police said Aldan threw two chairs and a bench at two women inside the Poseidon Bar on Jan. 31, 2013, hitting one of them.