MEDINA — A Granger Township firefighter found guilty of 11 sex-related counts is expected to appeal, defense attorney Steve Bailey said Wednesday.
A jury convicted Brandon Quinn, 35, last week on two counts of gross sexual imposition, third-degree felonies, and nine counts of gross sexual imposition, fourth-degree felonies.
Quinn, accused of having sexual conduct with a child younger than 13, pleaded not guilty to all counts May 1. The incidents occurred between January 2007 and June 2012.
“It was one of those things where the history of the case forced it to go to trial,” Medina County Prosecutor S. Forrest Thompson said.
“I’m very happy with the outcome. Justice was certainly (served). I believe the jury heard all the evidence and they got it right.”
Bailey said there was doubt cast in the case.
“Nobody except this girl and my client know to a moral certainty what happened in this case,” he said. “There are many facts that cast doubt on her version of the events. Juries do a pretty good job, but they are not always right.”
In 2012, a grand jury indicted Quinn on a count of voyeurism. That count was dismissed in November that year, Thompson said, because the victim didn’t appear for the jury trial.
“We were prepared to try that case,” Bailey said. “On the second day of the trial, the girl didn’t show up. The case was dismissed.”
Bailey said evidence from the dismissed case was used in last week’s trial that ended Jan. 11.
“That will be a basis for the appeal,” he said, noting it’s a bit premature to talk about an appeal since the defense has 30 days from sentencing to file a notice of appeal.
Quinn, who is being held at the Medina County Jail, is scheduled to be sentenced March 15 before Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier.
Quinn, a former lieutenant in the volunteer, part-time fire department, was placed on unpaid leave in June.
Granger Fire Chief James Paulett did not respond to a message seeking comment.
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