A former employee of Electric Boat in Groton will go to federal prison for violating the civil rights of a black co-worker. WNPRâ€™s Diane Orson reports.
Stephen Judge worked as a tradesman at Electric Boat. In 2006, he was a supervisor in charge of machinery maintenance. Allyn Wright is a senior nuclear engineer who is African-American. Tensions existed between tradesmen and engineers at EB, but according to court documents, in February 2006, Judge came up behind Wright, wrapped his arms around him, picked him off the ground and shook him from side to side. Then he called over several white workers and said they had â€œa black boy surroundedâ€ and the white men could â€œget himâ€. One employee suggested throwing Wright in a trash can. Stephen Judge was sentenced to six months in prison. US Attorney Kevin Oâ€™Connor says Judge has accepted responsibility for his actions.
The sentencing comes in the wake of two separate racial incidents at the Coast Guard Academy in New London. For WNPR, Iâ€™m Diane Orson.