Jurors deliberate northeast Kansas sexual assault case

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HOLTON, Kan. (AP) -

Jurors are deliberating the case against a northeast Kansas man charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in a rural cemetery.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that 22-year-old Jacob Ewing also is charged with sexually assaulting five women, with the allegations dividing the small Kansas town of Holton. Ewing has entered not guilty pleas in all the cases.

The first case to go to trial involves the teen, who testified that Ewing sodomized her in 2014 while she pleaded for him to stop. A defense witness testified that the girl later bragged about the experience.

Jurors began their deliberations Thursday after hearing closing arguments. Ewing faces charges of aggravated indecent liberties and aggravated criminal sodomy with a child under 14 years old.


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The first trial has started for a man who is charged with sexually assaulting a teenager and five women in a case that has divided the small Kansas town of Holton.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the trial focuses on claims that 22-year-old Jacob Ewing sexually assaulted the teen in a rural cemetery. He’s charged with aggravated indecent liberties and aggravated criminal sodomy with a child under 14 years old.

Ewing has entered not guilty pleas in all the cases. The charges involving the five women will be tried separately.

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Finding jurors whose minds weren’t made up was a struggle Monday. About half of the 142 people who were part of the pool of prospective jurors raised their hands when asked whether they know Ewing or his family.

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