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Appeals court upholds conviction

Friday, April 20, 2012

Jason Richardson was arrested in October 2009 on molestation charges.
Recently, an Indiana Appeals Court unanimously upheld the conviction and sentencing of a Clay City man found guilty of molesting an 11-year-old girl.

Jason Richardson, 32, was accused of fondling or touching a female relative in February 2009 and was charged in October 2009.

Special Trial Deputy Chou-il Lee, at the time a Vigo County deputy prosecutor, presented evidence during the three-day jury trial that Richardson touched the child inappropriately. Richardson denied the accusations.

In May 2011, Richardson was found guilty on one count of class C felony child molesting by a 12-member jury.

In June 2011, Clay Superior Court Judge J. Blaine Akers sentenced Richardson to five years incarceration in the Indiana Department of Correction.

In July 2011, Richardson chose to appeal his case, claiming the trial court committed reversible error in denying certain challenges to excuse prospective jurors because of their prejudice. He also said the court improperly allowed opinion testimony of the investigating law enforcement officer, and the trial deputy engaged in misconduct during his closing argument to the jury.

In a 19-page decision, the three-member appellate court found the trial court did not prejudice Richardson by denying certain challenges to prospective jurors, the deputy's testimony was not in fundamental error, and the special trial deputy committed no error in his closing statements to the jury.

Akers said he could not directly comment on the appellate court decision at this time because Richardson still has the right to seek an additional appeal with the Indiana Supreme Court.

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Look, I know this man didn't do it, cause the one that told this lie, I use to babysit her to know that she lies non-stop, and believes them as well. I should know this cause I am her family as well. I don't think that it's right. I believe that it's wrong in every way. I think that the little lying girl needs to come out of the dark and into the light and speak of the truth and nothing but the truth. But these are just my opinion. And I don't care what anyone thinks of what I have to say really. They can either get over it, or well you should know the rest.

-- Posted by theonethatshallnotbenamed on Fri, Apr 20, 2012, at 11:58 PM

What???... a Salem style burning at the stake pack of lies in Indiana??.....NEVER omg! We need to progress into the 21st century for our kids sake!

-- Posted by Combat VET on Sat, Apr 21, 2012, at 10:33 AM

Sounds like the kids should stop lieing then for our sakes!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Tue, Apr 24, 2012, at 10:56 AM

If I was wrongfully charged, you bet your *ss I'd take it all the way to the Supreme Court to prove my innocence!

I don't know whether he's guilty or not .. I'm just responding to the comments made here. If this young female is lying, how sad for her and her family. This is someone's life you're ruining!

Being accused of something like this never goes away, even when found "not guilty".

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, Apr 27, 2012, at 11:57 AM

Oh trust me. His family does plan on helping him take it to the supreme court. It needs to be taken out of hickville and into a real court. He's been denied a defense from the start. They denied an outside psychiatric eval of the girl! You can call someone a witch there and have them burned. No way to defend yourself. Its ludicrous.

-- Posted by salemwitchtrials on Sun, Apr 29, 2012, at 9:48 AM

This is all a pack of lies. I know this man and he would never, ever think of doing something so terrible. He is a great man who loves his wife and family. The child that accused his of this is a lier. What has happened to this man is horrible. The law gave him the shaft and now because of that shafting, he is loosing everything in his life that he loves and cherishes. Why, all because of lies. This is a sad world that we live in. The law is suppose to be there to protect us, not throw the innocent in prison.

-- Posted by reednic1 on Wed, May 9, 2012, at 9:05 AM

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