Jury acquits Rockland man of assault, unlawful sexual touching

By Stephen Betts | Oct 06, 2018
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Rockland — A 24-year-old Camden man was acquitted Friday, Oct. 5, of grabbing a woman's breasts last year.

Raheem A. James was found not guilty of misdemeanor counts of unlawful sexual touching and assault. The jury deliberated for about an hour before returning its verdict in Knox County Superior Court.

The trial began Friday morning. There was testimony from two prosecution witnesses, including the accuser.

The incident had allegedly occurred last July in Camden. The plaintiff and James knew each other and had a brief relationship three years earlier.

Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody said in his opening statement that when James met the plaintiff again last year he asked for a hug and then grabbed her breasts. The prosecutor pointed out that assault can consist of offensive physical contact.

Defense attorney Elizabeth Noble argued in her opening statement that James tried for something else after the hug, but when the plaintiff said no, he stopped. She asked the jury to acquit James.



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