Traverse City Record-Eagle

Archive: Friday

January 17, 2014

Man guilty of sexually assaulting child

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Cooney told the jury the additional witnesses provided evidence for Elzer’s “propensity” toward sexually abusing children, but Elhart said their testimony amounted to “smoke and mirrors” to distract jurors from a weak case.

In the end, the jury declared Elzer guilty on one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and three counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. Elzer was found not guilty on one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Coyne said her concerns after the verdict turned toward her granddaughter and how Elzer’s “horrific” and “demented” acts would affect her.

“As a victim myself from childhood, I know what horrors she’ll have to live with,” Coyne said.

 

 

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