The sentencing date for iVMenus owner Patrick Galoustian was postponed for the seventh time at his Oct. 28 hearing and is now scheduled for Nov. 4.
Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge James Herman, who has presided over Galoustian’s case for over two years, addressed the delays and said he hoped the case will “actually” result in a sentencing at the Nov. 4 hearing. Leonard B. Levine, Galoustian’s lawyer, affirmed to Herman that Galoustian will receive his sentencing at the next hearing and apologized for the delays.
Pursuant to a plea agreement, Galoustian pled guilty to eight felony charges in December 2019 — two years after his initial arrest in December 2017 — which included oral copulation of an unconscious person, sexual penetration by a foreign object, sodomy of an intoxicated person, criminal threats and oral copulation with a person prevented from resisting due to intoxication.
In addition to an expected 18-year prison sentence, Galoustian will likely have to register as a sex offender for life, according to Jennifer Karapetian, senior deputy district attorney in the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office.