Nevada County jury convicts Jerry Mattson on count of continuous sexual abuse
A Nevada County jury took about 12 hours over Thursday and Friday to find Jerry Mattson guilty on one count of continuous sexual abuse, a conviction that warrants a maximum of 16 years in prison, prosecutors said.
Mattson, 27, faced the continuous sexual abuse charge and two counts of sodomy. Upon convicting Mattson of the first charge, the jury didn’t have to consider the other two counts, Deputy District Attorney Jesse Wilson said.
The jury also found that a special allegation of sodomy was true. It decided a special allegation of oral copulation wasn’t true, Wilson added.
“I feel good about it,” Wilson said of the verdict. “I feel the jury did a good job considering all the evidence.”
Mattson, whose trial began Nov. 7 and had testimony over five days, faces possible sentences of six, 12 or 16 years in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 19.
“We put on our evidence,” said defense attorney David Alkire after the verdict. “The jury chose to decide as they did.”
Wilson in his opening statement argued that Mattson abused a girl under 14 years old after becoming her confidant. The victim told someone about the abuse in mid-2015, and authorities arrested Mattson shortly afterward.
Alkire in his opening statement claimed the victim had accused four other men of molesting her, adding that the girl was a known liar.
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