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It took less than one hour Thursday afternoon for a jury to find Joseph E. "Jed" Damson not guilty of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl with a cognitive disability.

"I always believed in my client's innocence, but when you have a case like this, you always worry," Damson's attorney, Jeremy Yellin, said after his client's acquittal.

Yellin smiled and hugged Damson immediately after the deputy clerk of court read the not guilty plea, while many members of Damson's family let out a sigh of relief.

A juror who preferred to remain anonymous said the lack of evidence from the state swaye...


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