QUINCY -- The Quincy man who pleaded guilty to one county of aggravated battery in the assault of a Lyft driver last February has been sentenced to probation.
Kolter L. Melvin, 21, was sentenced to 30 months of TASC probation Tuesday in Adams County Circuit Court after it was determined that he qualified for the program. TASC probation allows those who successfully complete it have their conviction erased from their record.
Melvin pleaded guilty to the charge last October.
Judge Robert Adrian agreed to TASC probation as the plea agreement called for, because Melvin had no previous criminal record.
Melvin successfully completed an in-patient substance abuse program and is living in a halfway house in Springfield as he completes outpatient treatment.
In a statement in court, Melvin apologized to the victim, to his family and to the court.
"It's something that will never happen again," he said.
He said he is attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings three times each week and has been accepted in an employment program.
Melvin was arrested Feb. 17 by the Quincy Police Department after the Lyft driver reported that Melvin repeatedly grabbed her and made sexually aggressive comments as she drove him early that morning. She told police that she picked up Melvin at 3:55 a.m. near Eighth and Gardner Expressway.
Melvin also was sentenced to 90 days of periodic jail time, which was stayed, and 100 hours of community service. As part of his probation he must undergo a sex offender evaluation and complete any treatment as recommended.
He had been free since his arrest after posting $150.