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Mistrial and acquittal in California priest sex abuse case

[JURIST] A priest in San Mateo, California was acquitted Friday of sexual abuse charges against a teenage girl. The alleged abuse in question occurred over a decade ago, and the victim claims to have been 12 and 13 at the time of the incidents, which warrants a stiffer penalty than molestation of a child over age 14. The priest's attorney states that the abuse occurred in the following years, when the victim was 14 and 15 years old.

The jury found the defendant not guilty on these charges due to these discrepancies, and deadlocked on the remaining 18 charges against him, leading to a mistrial on these counts. The prosecution may pursue another trial in hopes of convicted the defendant on the remaining counts. The San Francisco Chronicle has more information on the case here and here.

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