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For 2nd time, jury deadlocks in Ore. abuse case

For a second time, a jury has deadlocked in a trial of a Lebanon man accused of sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl.
/ Source: KMTR-TV

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - For a second time, a jury has deadlocked in a trial of a Lebanon man accused of sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl. Prosecutors say they will decide soon whether to try 42-year-old Robert Christopher Stom a third time. He was accused in 2007 of sexual abuse and unlawful sexual penetration. Prosecutors say friends left the victim with Stom while her father went to the hospital. The first jury deadlocked in July 2008. A new trial started Monday, with deliberations beginning Wednesday. A mistrial was declared Thursday afternoon. The case was the first in Benton County tried under Oregon's version of "Jessica's Law," which increased mandatory minimum sentences for certain sex crimes against children younger than 12. Copyright 2009 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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