The woman’s husband ran outside and tried to confront the driver, later identified as Sanborn, but as the man pounded on Sanborn’s window, Sanborn drove away, said the prosecutor. Sanborn was later arrested at his home.
Moraski also told Brennan that Sanborn, an IT director for a business in Burlington, would lose his job if found guilty, since the company does criminal record checks every six months.
“His life is over,” Moraski said of a potential guilty finding.
Moraski also told the judge that Sanborn has been in counseling and “Things got a lot better in his marriage as a result of this.”
Brennan, the judge, said Sanborn’s lack of any prior criminal record or similar complaints suggested to him that the defense’s rationale for the incident was more likely than the theory offered by prosecutors.
“He clearly picked an inappropriate place,” said Brennan.
The judge ordered that Sanborn spend a year on supervised probation, with conditions that include a psychological evaluation and, if recommended, treatment.
Brennan also agreed to lift a restriction that had barred Sanborn from going near any public park or playground while the case was pending.
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