Man found not guilty in sexual assault
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Jefferson County jury deliberated for about five minutes Wednesday before finding a Charles Town man not guilty of a first-degree sexual abuse charge.
The quick decision by the jury surprised court officials, who scrambled back into the courtroom to take the verdict.
Kevin Maurice Dozier, 38, hugged his defense attorney, Keith Wheaton, after the verdict was announced.
Dozier was accused of attempting to make a saleswoman perform oral sex then exposing himself and masturbating when she refused as they stood in his driveway on Feb. 17, 1997, according to court records. Dozier had been free on $1,000 bond since his arrest on March 6, 1997.
Wheaton told the jurors that the sex was consensual.
"Married people aren't the only ones who have sex," Wheaton said during his closing arguments.
Wheaton said the woman was upset because she did not make a sale after spending time making a presentation about an air filtration system.