Child sex assault suspect French acquitted


SUNBURY – A Northumberland County man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl was acquitted by a jury in Northumberland County Court Thursday. The Daily Item reports 38-year-old Ralph French was found not guilty of five criminal charges including rape of a child.

Minutes after the ruling, the accuser screamed at the man, telling him she would beat his (expletive).” French was then escorted from the court room by three sheriff deputies.

The trial was expect to last three days, but the prosecution and defense rested after the first day. French was accused of sexually assaulting a young girl between the ages of six and 12 between 2003 and 2013. (Matt Catrillo)

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