The sentencing date for iVMenus owner Patrick Galoustian was postponed for the eighth time at his Nov. 4 hearing and has been rescheduled to tomorrow to accommodate Galoustian’s last-minute request for an in-person sentencing.
Jennifer Karapetian, senior deputy district attorney in the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office, noted that Galoustian’s eight postponed sentencing dates raise “concern about substantial delays” and that the victims “want the matter resolved and sentenced” in a timely manner.
Per Galoustian’s request to be sentenced in person, Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge James Herman, Karapetian, Galoustian and his lawyer, Leonard B. Levine, agreed to be present in person for his sentencing tomorrow at 1:30 p.m.
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 Karapetian.