Turner found guilty of simple assault and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse
Tue, 04 Feb 2014 23:57:21 GMT —
After a six-day trial and three hours of jury deliberations, Ken Turner was acquitted of all third-degree sexual abuse charges and his third-degree kidnapping charge.
Turner was only convicted of simple assault--a misdemeanor, and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse--an aggravated misdemeanor.
The day began with closing arguments.
The state presented its argument first reaffirming its claim that the troubled boy had fallen through the cracks of the system into the waiting hands of Turner.
State Prosecutor Laura Roan said Turner had used his one-time status as a nurse to legitimize his sexual abuse.
During the defense's argument, defense counsel Curtis Dial attempted to diminish the boy's credibility by citing inconsistencies in the boy's testimony--specifically the varying number of time he said abuse occurred.
Around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, jury deliberations began. Around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, a verdict was reached--Turner was acquitted of most of his charges.
"As far as how it went, it went like most trials," said Turner's defense attorney. "And with the outcome--I guess we're pretty happy with the outcome."
Turner will not require a bond, but his no contact order with the boy remains in effect.
Turner's sentencing is scheduled for April 18th.