JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind.–A Johnson County man has been found guilty of molesting an eight-year-old girl.
After two days of testimony, a jury convicted Richard Huffman on Wednesday for inappropriately touching the girl as well as fondling her back in 2019.
“These cases are difficult enough to prove under the best of circumstances. In this case, the parties and the court all had the additional hurdle of presenting the trial with multiple witnesses who were hearing impaired. That necessitated the involvement of multiple sign language interpreters being used simultaneously, as well as extensive video equipment to memorialize the physical signing of the interpreters for any potential appellate purposes. To my knowledge, nothing of this magnitude has ever been done before here in Johnson County,” said Johnson County Prosecutor Joe Villanueva.
Huffman could get up to 12 years in prison when he is sentenced on May 9th.
Child Molesting as a level 4 felony carries a range of penalties from 2-12 years and up to a $10,000.00 fine.