LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ A 19-year-old college student who was accused of sexually assaulting another student in a University of Nebraska-Lincoln dorm has been found not guilty.
The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Christopher Petersen was acquitted Thursday during his second trial in Lancaster County
District Court. His first trial in June ended in a mistrial after the all-male jury deadlocked.
This time, the six men and six women on the jury took less than three hours to acquit him of first-degree sexual assault, a felony that could have meant up to 50 years in prison.
The case centered on whether Peterson’s accuser had done enough to let him know she wasn’t consenting. Petersen is now a student at the University of Arizona.