Lawyer Uses The Old “But My Client Was Really Nice And Happy When He Was On The Price Is Right” As A Defense For Banging His 16 Year Old Student
Gothamist - The former private school teacher charged with criminal sex act and endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly having oral sex with a 16-year-old student twice was defended by his lawyer (of course) and, more interestingly, by the sister of his ex-fiancee. Richard Hovan’s ex-fiancee was the one who called police after discovering Hovan was allegedly having sex with the teen. Hovan, 30, who went to MIT for undergrad and Columbia for his master’s in teaching, had worked at Riverdale Country School when allegations about an inappropriate relationship with a student surfaced. According to the Post’s sources, Hovan’s then-fiancee, Marina Bontkowski, found out and called the police on him. But Bontkowski’s sister told the Post yesterday, “He’s a good guy who got caught up in a bad situation. He was just helping a girl out with personal issues, and it got out of hand.” His lawyer, Vinoo Varghese, also agrees that his client is a good guy, pointing to Hovan’s 2003 appearance on the Price is Right as evidence (Hovan, at MIT at the time, is happy and giggling): “You can see his genuine nature here.” Varghese adds, “He is an outstanding human being, and he has been wrongly charged. As teachers go, [he] is as good as it gets.”
Ladies and Gentleman of the jury, take one look at this man on the Price is Right. Take one look at his unibrow. Take one look at his goofy laughter and uncontrollable girl giggles. Take a look at him playing Flip Flop and spinning the Wheel. And ask yourselves – does that look like the kind of man who got his dick sucked by a 16 year old?
I gotta be honest, folks. I’m not sure if that is considered ironclad in a court of law, but the answer to that question is absolutely not. I can’t imagine this goofy creepy idiot getting his dick sucked by anybody, let alone having some salacious affair with a 16 year old student. Dude almost shit his pants when he saw Bob Barker and his skinny microphone. Again, I’m not saying thats incontrovertible evidence. I’m just saying unless the prosecution has video of Richard Hovan with his dick in a glory hold on the set of Lets Make A Deal, they might have a tough case on their hands.