A Bradford County jury recently found a Towanda man not guilty of 13 of 14 counts of sexual misconduct.
In October 2018, Charles Leonard Hakes, 62, was charged by Sgt. David Lantz of the Towanda Borough Police Department with eight counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, five counts of aggravated indecent assault of a child, and five counts of corruption of minors.
A jury trial was held before the Honorable Judge Evan S. Williams, III on Tuesday. Prior to the jury receiving the case, upon motion of the defense, the court ruled that out of the five charged counts of corruption of minors, the jury should only consider one count. It took the jury of six men and six women approximately three hours to acquit Hakes of the 13 most serious charges. Hakes was found guilty of the one remaining count of corruption of minors, a felony of the third degree. Had Hakes been convicted of all counts, he would have faced 427 years in prison. Due to the verdict, Hakes is facing only a maximum of seven years in prison.
Hakes was represented by local attorney, Chad M. Salsman. The prosecution was represented by District Attorney Daniel Barrett. Sentencing for Hakes was scheduled for May 9 in front of Judge Williams. Pending sentencing, Hakes remains free on bail.