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A Genesee County Court Jury has found Ronald Smith not guilty of the sexual abuse of a seven year old girl. The jury was never told of Smith’s prior conviction on similar charges.

Jurors deliberated for nearly nine hours, returning their verdict at about 1:15pm.

Smith was charged with three counts of 1st-degree Sexual Abuse. 
Prosecutors said he inappropriately touched the girl on several occasions between late last year and early this year.

During the trial, the young girl even took the stand herself.

In a videotaped interview with police, Smith admitted he touched the girl, but maintained that it was an accident.

District Attorney Lawrence Friedman talked about the jury’s ignorance of Smith’s past.

"Certainly, in a case like this, if they (the jury) knew his (Smith's) history, it could affect the verdict," Friedman said. "But that's why they are not allowed to know. The jury should not be basing their verdict on what someone has done in the past, they should be basing it on the evidence presented in the current trial.

"Granted, it adds to our frustration when we know the person's history."

Smith will remain in jail. He’s currently serving time for failing to properly register as a sex offender in an unrelated case.

The jury in the latest trial was never told of Smith’s past.

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# william bern
Friday, September 23, 2011 8:54 AM
Our judicial system flawed as it may be does work better than most so I am told, I do not know this for a fact. However, it is a fact that if that man is in jail our criminal system works real well when it comes to child molesters. I just hope that when this dispicable piece of trash is released from jail people all around him are aware of what he is, and what that means.
OVER 90% OF CHILD MOLESTERS DO IT AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN!!!! WE NEED to have an orginization that keeps an eye on these less than animals. The police can not do it they do not have resources we need to unite all victims of abuse to start attacking the abuse problem. Please keep ths animals whereabouts in the news you may be protecting your own child!!!

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