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.
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