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Jury finds Scheidelman guilty of sexual abuse
UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Following hours of deliberation, an Oneida County jury found Trenton Town Supervisor Mark Scheidelman guilty of sexual abuse.
The verdict came in around 3:20 p.m. Friday, following a day of deliberations and read-backs in the case of Scheidelman, who was accused of inappropriately touching a child during a sleepover at his home.
The alleged victim is the nephew of a man who was living with Scheidelman at the time. During testimony on Thursday, Scheidelman said that he and the man had a sexual relationship years prior to the man asking if he and his three children could live at Scheidelman's residence.
The Oneida County Jury hearing the case asked for a re-reading of the entire testimony that the ten year old accuser and his now 13 year old brother, who said that he witnessed the alleged incident. Those readings alone took roughly two hours Friday morning.
There were inconsistencies in the testimony of the children, given on Wednesday.
The ten year old accuser said Scheidelman was sitting up on his bed when the alleged touching took place. His now 13 year old brother, who was on a large chair next to the bed, says Scheidelman was lying down on his bed when it happened.
Also, both boys testified that Scheidelman put his hand under the accuser's pants, but all along, both boys told the State Police Investigator and when testifying in the grand jury proceedings back in February, that Scheidelman touched the accuser over his pants.
There were also inconsistencies in other areas of the testimony, including the fact that one of the boys, during the sleepover had pulled a sex toy out of Scheidelman's dresser. The two boys who testified said that Scheidelman was there when this happened. Scheidelman, who took the stand Thursday, said he was not there, but was told of the incident by the boys at a later date. That was what Scheidelman told the New York State Police Investigator when the Investigator came to Scheidelman's home around 1:30 a.m., two days after the alleged incident.
The investigator had tape-recorded that interview without telling Scheidelman he was being recorded. The jury also requested Friday morning to have that interview re-read to them.
Aside from denying he was there when one of the boys allegedly pulled out a sex toy, the investigator also told Scheidelman that "a bunch of the boys say you touched them in their private parts." During that tape-recorded interview, Scheidelman responded, saying "that's a total lie." That's when the interview ended.
The jury also requested other pieces of testimony to be re-read to them since getting the case handed to them Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m.
Scheidelman is scheduled to be sentenced on July 17 in Oneida County Court.