A Boulder County jury discovered former Fairview Excessive quarterback Aidan Atkinson not responsible Wednesday of sexual assault and tried sexual assault in reference to a 2018 incident on a celebration bus.
The jury returned not responsible verdicts on two counts of sexual assault, one depend of tried sexual assault and two counts of illegal sexual assault after a little bit greater than a day of deliberation.
The foreperson advised Boulder District Decide Patrick Butler that they have been unable to succeed in a unanimous verdict on two different illegal sexual contact prices, so Butler declared a mistrial on these counts. The foreperson stated the jury was cut up 9-to-3 on these two counts, however didn’t say which method the bulk was leaning.
As a result of prosecutors may select to retry Atkinson on these two remaining prices, Butler stored Atkinson’s private recognizance bond in place and requested attorneys to set Atkinson for a standing convention to find out the following steps.
Neither prosecutors nor protection attorneys instantly returned requests for remark.
Laura Wolf, an legal professional for one of many two alleged victims within the case, launched an announcement Wednesday.
“We admire the exhausting work of the Boulder DA’s workplace in prosecuting this case,” Wolf stated within the assertion. “We hope that whatever the verdict, our neighborhood stands with all victims of sexual assault and sexual violence, together with the younger ladies courageous sufficient to take a stand on this case.”
Atkinson remains to be set for a separate five-day trial on two different counts associated to sexual exploitation allegations that occurred at a personal residence three months after the occasion bus incident.
Prosecutors alleged Atkinson sexually assaulted two feminine college students towards their will on a bus in 2018 that was transporting college students celebrating Fairview Excessive College’s homecoming.
Protection attorneys stated Atkinson, who was a 17-year-old junior on the time, didn’t contact the women below their clothes, as prosecutors alleged, and that any dancing or kissing was consensual.
In her opening arguments, protection legal professional Lara Mars Baker stated the case was about “a gaggle of youngsters who obtained caught up in being caught up within the drama of the highschool quarterback being accused of sexual misconduct.”
Atkinson was the star quarterback of the Fairview Excessive College soccer crew and was dedicated to play for Northwestern earlier than he was arrested throughout his senior season.
As a result of he was arrested on a felony, Atkinson didn’t return to Fairview and completed his highschool schooling elsewhere.