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Pa. man is acquitted in rape trial

November 19, 2005|By RICHARD F. BELISLE

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Franklin County jury on Friday acquitted a Spring Run, Pa., man of rape in a case involving a 13-year-old relative of his wife in June 2004, according to court officials.

Ronald James Daihl Jr., 27, of Dry Run Road West, was charged with rape, statutory sexual assault and sexual assault. He was acquitted on all three charges, said David Keller, Daihl's attorney.

Keller said he was not surprised by the verdict.

"There were a lot of questions raised by the evidence," Keller said.

Franklin County Assistant District Attorney David Rahauser could not be reached for comment Friday.

The trial, which began Thursday, took an unusual step when Judge John R. Walker allowed the jury to go to Daihl's home, the scene of the alleged crime, where the assault allegedly took place in the downstairs bathroom.

Daihl and the girl both testified during the trial.

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