A Franklin County jury deliberated just 29 minutes before returning with a guilty verdict for a Villa Ridge man accused of molesting teen boys.
Michael H. Long, 35, was found guilty by a jury of seven men and five women Thursday morning on three separate felony counts of second-degree statutory sodomy.
The two-day trial was held before Judge Gael D. Wood, who set the sentencing for Feb. 1, 2018, at 3 p.m. Long was not taken into custody Thursday.
“We’re really happy with the verdict but I don’t understand why the judge did not take him into custody,” said Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney Bob Parks.
The charges stem from incidents that occurred in May 2014.
Authorities allege that Long gave alcohol to the victims, ages 14 and 15, and furnished them with child pornography before allegedly sexually abusing the boys.
The incidents came to light when one of the teens told his parents about the encounters, authorities said.
Two of the victims were from the Villa Ridge/Pacific area, according to county detectives. The third was from St. Clair but has moved to another county since the incidents occurred.
Authorities said Long also is accused of violating an order of protection obtained by one of the victims.
A county detective said the alleged sex acts occurred at the home of one of the victims while his parents were away.
The statutory sodomy charges are Class C felonies, which carry a maximum sentence range of three to 10 years in prison.
Long is being represented by Jessica H. Hoskins, Washington.
He was indicted by a Franklin County grand jury in 2015 with four felony counts of second-degree statutory sodomy, and two felony counts of furnishing pornographic material to a minor.