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Child Abuse Case 11/1/2013


34 year old Chelan man James C. Austin was convicted of first-degree Child Molestation on Monday in Chelan County.

Austin was charged with molesting a preteen about fives times dating from mid September 2012 and late January 2013. The jury returned after 3 hours with a decision of first degree child molestation but was acquitted of child sex charges.

Chelan County Prosecuting Attorney Ed Stephenson couldn't give precise details on the case due to it involving minors, but he did have this to say on the matter...

Austin was arrested by Chelan County Sheriff's deputies on January 24th 2013 after the victim reported abuse to family members.

Austin entered a non-guilty plea at his arraignment. His trial began October 22nd and faces sentencing December 16th. Austin faces up to 68 months in Prison.