BREAKING: Scranton found not guilty in sexual assault trial

The 12-person jury took about two hours to come to a decision on the Brian Scranton criminal case.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

by Dalton Carver

After six days of jury selection, opening and closing statements, witness testimony and cross-examination, Ridgway resident Brian Scranton was found not guilty of both counts of sexual assault leveled against him by the 7th Judicial District. The 12-person jury reached the verdict after two hours of deliberation on Tuesday.
The state alleged Scranton assaulted an adult female acquaintance on the night of May 16, 2015 in his Ridgway home following a small party. A DNA sample taken from the woman within 24 hours matches Scranton’s.
The Ridgway resident, and former Ridgway Planning Commission chair, was charged with sexual assault-victim physically helpless and sexual assault-victim incapable of appraising nature of conduct. He claimed the sexual contact was consensual.
The jury found Scranton not guilty on both counts.
For the full story and more details on the trial, pick up this week's Plaindealer.