A jury acquitted a South Buffalo man of robbery and forcible touching charges after a week-long trial before Erie County Judge Kenneth F. Case.
Jordan Giglia, 25, had been charged after a woman told police she was pulled into an alley as she walked along Seneca Street early in the morning on her way to work at a doughnut shop.
When the attacker realized she had no money in her purse, he began to touch her intimate parts, she told authorities.
Police did not recover any physical evidence from the June 2011 incident, and the victim misidentified his client as her attacker, defense lawyer James Auricchio said after Mondayís verdict.
The victim was shown a photo array the morning of the attack, and police searched the defendantís home and the alley, Auricchio said.
Jurors deliberated for about four hours.