A jury deliberated for more than six hours Friday before issuing a mixed verdict in the case of a 30-year-old Jennerstown man charged with sexually abusing a young girl.
Michael Eugene Lisbon, Pitt Street, was accused of routinely assaulting the girl from the time she was 6 until she was 13. He was found guilty of indecent assault, a misdemeanor. The jury of three women and nine men acquitted Lisbon of sexual assault, a felony, and was unable to make a decision on involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, a felony.
Lisbon actually faced a total of 180 counts, or 60 counts for each of the three charges, according to Assistant District Attorney Catherine Primavera-Zakucia, who prosecuted the three-day trial.
During the deliberation, the jury sent two notes with questions to President Judge John M. Cascio, who was presiding over the trial. He brought the jury back to the courtroom after the second question and asked how they were proceeding. The jury indicated that they had come to an agreement on two of the charges but were hung on the third charge and had been so for nearly four hours.
The judge sent the jury back to the panel room. At that point, he spoke with Primavera-Zakucia and Zatko and they came to the consensus that the jury be allowed to issue a verdict for two of the charges and that the court would dispose of the third in another proceeding.
“We will address the issue of the disposition of the involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and schedule argument early next week,” Cascio said.
The district attorney’s office could decide to retry that charge or withdraw it, according to attorney Michael Kuhn, of Somerset, who was in the courtroom observing the trial.
Lisbon is scheduled for sentencing on the indecent assault charge April 6.