A Lincoln City man originally accused of sexual assault and rape, based on a complaint by two underage girls, was found not guilty last week by a jury in Lincoln County Circuit Court. Converse, a former high school state wrestling champion, was arrested for allegedly causing a disturbance at his family’s home on Silverside Drive in Otis. While in custody, the investigation led to other charges of rape and sexual assault involving the two girls, those charges being brought by a county grand jury.
Last Summer, the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office asked the judge to drop the home disturbance charges but moved ahead on the more serious charges.
During the first day of the trial on the rape and sexual abuse charges, both the prosecution and the defense made their opening statements; the next day their arguments for and against conviction. The jury found Converse not guilty on all counts.
Defense Guy Greco told News Lincoln County that the U.S. system of law, a person is presumed innocent unless he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Under jury instructions from the judge, if any juror has a reasonable doubt that the crime was committed, that person cannot be convicted. Greco said “That’s the test that is required to convict anyone of a crime in this country.”
Greco told the court that Converse never had sexual relationships with either of the girls.
When contacted by News Lincoln County, District Attorney Rob Bovett said only that he had no comment.