Fairfield man acquitted of lewd-acts offense

By From page A3 | March 07, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A two-week jury trial ended Thursday with a not-guilty verdict for a Fairfield man who faced a felony charge of committing a lewd act on a child.

Defense attorney Jessica Agnich said that her client, Douglas Talley, was falsely accused by his ex-wife, who conspired with her 14-year-old daughter after a bitter breakup and dispute over child support payments.

The girl testified she had been watching television with Talley when he grabbed her arm and shoved her hand down his pants.

Before his arrest. Talley talked about the 2011 incident with Fairfield police investigators, telling them he had accidentally brushed up against the girl’s hand while they were lying beside each other.

Agnich told jurors that what the girl told police before Talley’s arrest did not match what she said on the witness stand during trial.

Talley had faced the possibility of an eight-year prison sentence and lifetime registration as a sex offender.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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  • Rich GiddensMarch 06, 2014 - 9:45 pm

    Jess--you need to start identifying which assistant district attorneys were involved in the cases you report on.

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  • RalphMarch 07, 2014 - 12:35 pm

    How public was this incident? thats just gross

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  • JusticeMarch 07, 2014 - 1:03 pm

    Are Charges going to be filed against the False Accusers?

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  • LeanneMarch 07, 2014 - 1:51 pm

    Obviously the girl lied, juries don't take this stuff lightly, and her story must have had some big holes for it to be not guilty. Good for him. That kind of charge could ruin your life- all because of a bitter exwife making up a story with her daughter? Talk about low blow....

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  • BillMarch 07, 2014 - 3:11 pm

    Justice was served in this case! The "victim" was caught in a lie and the jury was not fooled. Shame on the ex-wife for exploiting the child when this was an isolated incident and should never have been taken this far!

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  • Laura MMay 16, 2014 - 1:53 pm

    Check out www.solanocourts.com Doug Talley was found guilty and sentenced. Jess Sullivan should really do his homework before publishing "false" statemetns.

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  • Kene WinstonMarch 07, 2014 - 4:49 pm

    I have never heard or seen this law bidding act. Its good to know there are people who care enough about or justice system.

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  • LauraApril 04, 2014 - 8:58 pm

    If he is so innocent then why did the judge sentence him to 45 days in jail, 3 years formal probation, counseling for 7 months once a week and court fees of $1500 ? And then why did the judge tell the victim she found her story credible and told the defendant, Doug Talley she found his story NOT credible.

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  • SarahApril 05, 2014 - 11:15 am

    Douglas Talley is NOT an innocent man. He did not in fact get acquitted of ALL charges. Funny how an "innocent" man would be caught hiding behind a couch by police! Shame on his family for supporting such an immoral individual! To think a child would make up such a thing and have to go through counseling, an embarrassing lengthy trial, and so much more for what!? She is left with a permanent scar from him & his disgusting act. And how sad that his 'junk' is soooo large that it "fell into her hand" poor guy must have a heck of a time shopping for pants! One can only hope that his cell mate in county has the same issue with oversized genitalia where it falls out of his pants & Talley gets a taste of what being a victim feels like. May the ex wife & victim feel some justice was served & know the victims voice will be heard!

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  • Amber NApril 05, 2014 - 10:57 am

    Not somebody I'd want as a "DJ" at my event! No pedophiles please!

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