A man was found not guilty on a charge of committing a lewd act upon a child by a jury Wednesday afternoon at the Greenwood County Courthouse.
Benjamin Dabbs, 34, was accused of fondling a 10-year-old girl and showing her pornographic videos between Oct. 2010 and April 2011. Dabbs was represented by Lance Sheek. David Stumbo and Elizabeth White handled the case for the state.
The jury returned the verdict after deliberating about an hour. They heard testimony beginning Tuesday morning before going into deliberations late Wednesday morning.
“It’s obviously disappointing,” Stumbo said of the verdict. “In cases like this, we’re going to fight for the child. This doesn’t change that fact. At the end of the day, we fought for a child and we will continue to fight for them.”
Dabbs has another charge of committing a lewd act on a child still pending. That case involves a 12-year-old girl that alleges Dabbs touched her inappropriately about 10 times over the course of four months from Dec. 2010 to April 2011.
Dabbs’ attorney, Lance Sheek, said he was pleased with the outcome.
“I think (the verdict) shows that our justice system still works,” Sheek said following the trial. “Even though our system is flawed, America still has the best justice system in the world.”