NEWPORT— Accused child molester Alan Wirkkala has been found not guilty on two felony counts of aggravated sexual assault, while the jury was deadlocked on two of the same additional charges.
The alleged offenses took place between 1985 and 1987, and between 1987 and 1991 at various locations in Claremont when the alleged victim was between 5 and 8 years old, and later, when she was 12.
“Obviously, we respect the judgment of the jury. We are going to prepare the other cases that remain,” Sullivan County Attorney Marc Hathaway said after the 14-member jury announced the verdicts at 2:30 p.m Thursday in superior court.
Hathaway was referring to other “charges pending” against Wirkkala, 51, of Newport.