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Pittsfield man won't face sex assault retrial

October 12, 2011

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CONCORD, N.H.—Prosecutors have decided not to retry a Pittsfield man whose child sexual assault conviction was overturned by the state Supreme Court.

The top court earlier this year reversed the conviction of 26-year-old Jerome Thompson after ruling that his lawyer during his 2009 trial on charges that he sexually assaulted a 6-year-old girl did a poor job representing him. The court said Thompson's trial attorney failed to challenge hearsay evidence even though he knew the alleged victim had recanted her allegations.

Thompson was sentenced to five to 10 years in prison.

County prosecutors decided last month they will not retry Thompson.

His mother tells the Concord Monitor ( her son is "elated."

He remains in prison, however, because he was convicted in 2008 of plotting to kill his boss.


Information from: Concord Monitor,