CONWAY MAN TO BE RE-TRIED ON SEX CHARGE AFTER JURY DEADLOCKS

by Christian Mower on May 25, 2012

A SPOKESPERSON FOR THE CARROLL COUNTY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE SAYS A 50-YEAR-OLD CONWAY MAN WILL BE RE-TRIED ON A SINGLE FELONY CHARGE OF AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT AFTER A JURY ACQUITTED HIM ON ONE COUNT THURSDAY AND DEADLOCKED ON THE SECOND CHARGE.

MELISSA SMITH – THE DIRECTOR OF THE VICTIM WITNESS PROGRAM FOR CARROLL COUNTY – SAYS THE JURY DELIBERATED FOR ABOUT A FULL DAY BEFORE GIVING ITS DECISION TO A SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE IN OSSIPEE THURSDAY.

THE JURY HEARD TWO DAYS OF TESTIMONY EARLY THIS WEEK IN THE CASE AGAINST JOHN E. OHANASIAN OF 101 PROSPECT ROAD. OHANASIAN WAS ACQUITTED ON ONE COUNT OF AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT, WHERE HE WAS ACCUSED OF ALLEGEDLY IMPROPERLY TOUCHING OR PERFORMING A SEX ACT ON A CHILD LESS THAN 13 YEARS OLD.

BUT HE WILL BE TRIED AGAIN – PROBABLY THIS SUMMER – ON ONE REMAINING COUNT OF THE SAME CHARGE. PROSECUTORS ALLEGE THE ILLEGAL ACTIVITY HAPPENED BETWEEN 2006 AND 2009.

SMITH SAYS OHANASIAN FACES A POTENTIAL PRISON TERM OF 10 – 20 YEARS IN THE STATE PRISON IF CONVICTED OF THE REMAINING CHARGE, BECAUSE OF THE YOUNG AGE OF THE ALLEGED VICTIM.

ANOTHER JURY FOUND OHANASIAN GUILTY IN MARCH (2012) OF OPERATING A DRUG DEN OUT OF HIS HOME. HE FACES A POTENTIAL PRISON TERM OF THREE AND A HALF YEARS TO SEVEN YEARS IN THAT CASE, WHERE A JURY FOUND HIM GUILTY ON THE FELONY CHARGE OF “MAINTAINING A COMMON NUISANCE” FOR ALLOWING THE USE OF ILLEGAL DRUGS.

SMITH SAYS OHANASIAN IS LIKELY TO BE SENTENCED ON THAT CHARGE SOMETIME THIS SUMMER.