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October 10, 2013

Man convicted of corrupting minors

EBENSBURG — Following marathon deliberations lasting 14 1/2 hours over two days, a Cambria County jury convicted a Johnstown man of one count of corruption of minors.

Gary Calhoun, 48, of the 1000 block of Jacoby Street, will be sentenced Nov. 12 by Cambria County Judge Norman Krumenacker.

Calhoun was acquitted of two counts each of indecent assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

Authorities allege that Calhoun inappropriately touched a girl, now 12, a number of times between 2006 and 2011.

Calhoun told the jury the girl had psoriasis and problems with bathroom issues.

He said he made her take off her pants so he could check her for a rash.

Defense attorney Arthur McQuillan argued his client was being a diligent caregiver.

Assistant District Attorney Beth Bolton Penna portrayed Calhoun as an adult grooming a child for more extensive sexual relations.

The jury deliberated until late evening Wednesday and Krumenacker sent the jurors home with instructions to return Thursday.

They began deliberations around 9 a.m. and contacted the judge around 11 with word that they had reached an impasse and could not come to a unanimous verdict.

He asked them to go back and try again.

Shortly after lunch, they asked to hear the testimony of the victim and that of the defendant.

In an unusual move, Krumenacker ordered the jury brought back to the courtroom and the court reporter read each question from the prosecution and defense and each of the victim’s responses.

The jury then indicated it did not need to hear the defendant’s testimony.

The verdict was reached about 4:30 p.m. and Calhoun was returned to the Cambria County Prison, where he has been for the past several days.

Kathy Mellott covers the Cambria County courthouse for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/kathymellotttd.

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