A Greenville man accused of having a sexual relationship with a young teen girl has been found not guilty.
Kevin Scott Snyder cried and hugged his attorney when the jury returned the verdict after deliberating for about an hour Tuesday in Augusta County Circuit Court.
The 42-year-old man arrested in June was facing nine charges Tuesday morning, but by Tuesday evening they had been whittled down to five, including indecent liberties with a minor and non-forcible sodomy.
The commonwealth's attorney said Snyder, who was homeless and taken in by the victim's family, manipulated the victim and took advantage of her affection for him between February and June 2012 and that what began as horseplay escalated dramatically over a few weeks.
The key evidence from the prosecution was fluids found on the girl's clothing matching Snyder. However, Snyder's attorney implied the alleged victim's family could have gotten the DNA from a condom used by Snyder.
The defense also tried to show doubt by questioning why no traces of Snyder's DNA were present on the girl's body from the exam collection and raised concerns about inconsistent behavior and the mental health of the alleged victim.
Despite the not guilty verdict, Snyder is not out of the woods yet; his attorney says a jury trial for another alleged victim - a friend of the original victim - is expected, but hasn't been scheduled yet.
Snyder remains in Middle River Regional Jail.
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