A Walnut Creek man arrested in a hate-crime based assault on two women at a South-of-Market gay poetry event on August 22, 2002 pled guilty today, May 13, in Superior Court. Jack Broughton, now 36, was sentenced to one year in jail, to be served on home detention, three years probation, and a 40-week period of anger-management counseling. In addition, he was ordered to pay restitution to the victims, as well as pay $500 to Community United Against Violence (CUAV). In court, Broughton read a letter of apology to his victims, who were present at the sentencing.
In the 2002 incident, Broughton’s female companion had punched one of the victims without provocation. Broughton then joined in, first punching the victim, and then kicking her when she fell to the ground, yelling anti-gay epithets. When the victim’s companion intervened, Broughton punched her, too. Both suspects then left the scene, but were found by police later that evening at a bar at 11th and Harrison streets and arrested.
Broughton’s arrest and conviction was the result of the ongoing investigative work conducted by the SFPD’S Hate Crime Unit. The prosecution was led by Assistant District Attorney David Merin. Tina D’Elia of CUAV was the advocate in this case.
For more information, please contact:
Inspector Milanda Moore
A.D.A. David Merin