Joseph A. Short, 32, was on trial for one class C felony charge of child molesting a juvenile under 14-years of age (which, if convicted, is punishable up to 2-8 years imprisonment with a $10,000 fine) and one class B misdemeanor charge of battery (punishable with up to 0-180 days imprisonment and a $1,000 fine).
During the investigation of the incident that allegedly took place on May 1, Brazil City Police Det. Clint McQueen acquired enough information to arrest Short for alleged incident(s) of inappropriate fondling or touching of a 12-year-old juvenile, and a separate incident of shoving the same juvenile.
After hearing testimony all day Tuesday in Clay Superior Court, the case was turned over to the 12 jurors Wednesday morning.
After approximately 8-10 hours of reviewing evidence and deliberations, the jury foreman informed Superior Court Judge Blaine Akers they were unable to make a decision.
The proceedings were ordered a mistrial and Akers remanded Short back into the custody of the Clay County Justice Center to await further potential court proceedings.
Akers said Short would continue to be incarcerated in jail on the original $25,000 cash bond with no 10 percent allowed.
The Clay County Prosecutor's Office was informed by Akers it would have until Sept. 1, to notify to court of its intention to pursue the case.
Although details are limited because the case is still pending, Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger told The Brazil Times the case would need to be reviewed again.
"There was some new information that came to light during the proceedings," Reberger said.
"The Prosecutor's Office will need to review that information and determine if it is appropriate and needs further investigation before determining whether to pursue prosecution of Mr. Short."
Reberger said a decision could be made in the case within 7-10 working days.