A Southern Minnesota man recently took serious criminal sexual conduct charges to trial before a jury in Goodhue County, Minnesota. Prosecutors accused the man of raping his then 17-year-old ex-girlfriend at his mother’s home in Pine Island, Minnesota last summer. The jury heard testimony and was presented with evidence over the course of several days. At the conclusion of jury deliberations, the panel returned not guilty verdicts on each of the two counts of criminal sexual conduct that had been charged in the case.
While many criminal cases involving sex crimes may depend upon the testimony of the person prosecutors say is the victim, other evidence may also be discovered during a criminal investigation. Prosecutors brought in medical professionals, officers, the ex-girlfriend, her mother, and her friend to testify at the trial.
A criminal defendant has the right to cross examine each witness (either personally or through a criminal defense lawyer) at trial. Other evidence may be presented for a jury to consider.