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Jury Deems Sunapee Man Accused of Incest Not Guilty

A man accused of having incestual sex with his underage autistic step daughter has been found not guilty by a jury. The Eagle Times says that 48-year old Timothy Godkin was in Sullivan County Superior Court on Tuesday as part of a two-day trial stemming from the crime that occurred between January of 2009 and February of 2010.

The jury announced the verdict after two hours of deliberating, deeming Godkin not guilty. The paper reports evidence in the trial included testimony from police, the alleged victim and her mother, and a video recording of a police interview with Godkin.

As the defendant, he cited memory loss and not remembering the crimes he committed six years ago. Godkin’s attorney argued that the evidence worked against the testimony from witnesses and expressed that he was satisfied with the jury’s decision in this somewhat complicated case.

Under state law, Godkin had been charged with incest, which includes stepchildren. He’s currently employed by the town of Sunapee as a vehicle maintenance worker and remained on the town’s payroll during the indictment.

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