Criminal Sexual Conduct Verdict 12 May 12

A Brown County jury on Friday found a 29-year-old Hanska man Not Guilty of 3rd-degree criminal sexual conduct for the alleged assault of a juvenile female in New Ulm last year. James D. Sowers was found Guilty of furnishing alcohol to a minor, however, and will be sentenced on that gross misdemeanor charge on June 15th. The charges against Sowers stemmed from a tubing trip on the Cottonwood River last June that ended with the intoxicated juvenile claiming she was sexually assaulted at a home on the 200 block of South Minnesota Street in New Ulm that night. The jury in Sowers case deliberated for just over 2 hours on Friday.