HASTINGS, Mich. (WOOD) - Chad Curtis, a former Major League Baseball player, has been found guilty on all counts in a sexual misconduct case in Barry County.
Curtis was on trial for six counts of criminal sexual conduct. His victims, all teenage girls, alleged that he inappropriately touched them in 2012.
Many of the incidents happened at Lakewood High School where Curtis was a substitute teacher and was in charge of a weight room.
The jury was given the case to deliberate during the noon hour; they came back later Friday afternoon.
Barry County Prosecutor Julie Nakfoor Pratt was pleasantly surprised by the quick verdict.
"It tells me that they listened intently to the testimony and evidence that was presented and that they must have strong feelings; but two and a half hours still tells me that they talked about it, that they discussed it and that's what we asked them to do," Pratt said.
Curtis' defense attorney says there is still an appeal before the Michigan Supreme Court about some pretrial issues as well as appealing the sentence.
Chad Curtis hugged his wife and daughters after he got the verdict, then was led away to the jail by Barry County Sheriff's deputies.
Curtis is scheduled to be sentenced on September 26th. He faces up to 15 years in prison.
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