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Guam teacher found not guilty of raping girl

January 26, 2015

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A Guam jury has found a teacher not guilty of raping an 11-year-old girl in 2007 while she was staying at his apartment.

Pacific Daily News (http://is.gd/SFYDlF) reports Francis Jude Taitano was found not guilty Monday on charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Jurors deliberated for two hours before reaching a verdict.

Taitano’s attorney, Mark Kondas, says his client just wants to move on with his life. Taitano had been facing 15 years to life in prison.

Assistant Attorney General Jeremiah Luther says one of the problems in the case was the amount of time it took for the incident to be reported. The allegations were reported in 2013.

Luther says he doesn’t know if the decision will be appealed.

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