LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man, accused of sexually abusing a girl twice between November 2007 and July 2008, was acquitted of all charges Wednesday in Niagara County Court.
A jury of seven women and five men deliberated for about an hour and 45 minutes before finding Eric B. Willis not guilty of two counts of first-degree sexual abuse. Willis, 38, of Niagara Street, faced up to 14 years in prison if he had been convicted.
The girl, now 14, did not report the alleged incidents until early 2011. “There’s no evidence that anything occurred, other than her testimony,” Assistant Public Defender Alan J. Roscetti said in his summation. The defendant claimed the alleged victim’s mother urged her daughter to come forward.
Assistant District Attorney Robert A. Zucco was the prosecutor in the six-day trial before County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.