10/2/14 – 4:48 A.M.
A Marion man was convicted yesterday of raping a preschool-age girl in Hancock County. The Courier reports it took a jury two hours to come to a verdict in the case of 49-year-old John Saltz. He could face life in prison when he is sentenced on November 12.
A DNA sample linked Saltz to the girl, and the victim’s grandmother was allowed to testify on her behalf. Saltz’s lawyer argued that amounted to hearsay. However, Judge Reginald Routson said exceptions are allowed in sexual assault cases involving children.
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