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Jury begins deliberation in Colton man’s rape trial

By W.T. ECKERT
WECKERT@WDT.NET

PUBLISHED: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2018 AT 12:30 AM

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CANTON — More than a year after a mistrial in the child-rape trial of a Colton man, a new jury heard very similar closing statements, this time by a different defense team.

Keith D. Sharlow, 35, of 639 Wilson Road, a Level 3 sex offender, leaned forward in his chair as he listened to defense attorney Bethany R. Crowhurst question the credibility of the now 18-year-old alleged victim to the jury of nine men and three women.

This is the second time the child has had to take the stand against Sharlow, who, on July 26, 2017, was granted a mistrial by then acting-County Judge Derek P. Champagne after a seven-man, five-woman jury told the court it was deadlocked after less than five hours of deliberating.

The reason for the mistrial was due to the unavailability of a juror.

Ms. Crowhurst and James M. McGahan of the St. Lawrence County Public Defender’s Office are representing Sharlow, who is charged with two counts of predatory sexual assault against a child, two counts of first-degree criminal sexual act, four counts of first-degree rape, three counts of third-degree rape, one count each of second-degree rape and first- and third-degree incest, all felonies, and a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child.

He was previously represented by Edward F. Narrow, Canton.

The indictment charges in the spring and summer of 2010 in St. Lawrence County, Sharlow had oral sex by touching his mouth to the vagina of a 10-year-old. The indictment also charges that during the summer and fall of 2015 and again on July 26 and 27, in the county, Sharlow had sexual intercourse by forcible compulsion with the same girl, who was 15 years old.

On Aug. 30, 2004, Sharlow was convicted of the first-degree sexual abuse on May 16, 2004, of a 15-year-old girl, according to the state Division of Criminal Justice Services. He was sentenced to three years in prison.

Ms. Crowhurst told the jury that the teen “has told this story many times — to her mom, to police, at multiple hearings and last week, at this trial.”

“And every time she has told this story, it has changed,” Ms. Crowhurst said “Changing details, each time, adding dates, adding times and causing the story to get farther and farther out of her control until we get to being here today, at the culmination of all of those stories.”

But the difference between the trial that ended in a mistrial and this trial was the inclusion of DNA that is said to match Sharlow that was found on a pair of the girl’s shorts and underwear.

Ms. Crowhurst argued the DNA was only “touch DNA” which could be transferred simply by touch, including the garments touching anything that had Sharlow’s skin cells on it, like a chair.

But Special Prosecutor Efstathia S. Kyriakopoulos, Massena, said the DNA tested matched Sharlow’s and was consistent with DNA found on the crotch of the shorts and underwear of the alleged victim.

She reiterated her argument from her 2017 prosecution of Sharlow, stating the girl had been intimidated and afraid and it took years for her to report the alleged attacks.

Jurors began deliberating at about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday. If convicted, Sharlow faces 50 years to life in prison.

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