Mixed verdict in Eddy sex assault trial

The jury in the child-sex-assault trial of 68-year-old Rodney Eddy resolved half of the case, acquitting him on 17 counts Friday.

The seven-man, five-woman jury, however, was deadlocked and didn’t deliver a verdict on the most serious counts against the Mesa resident, including 15 counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, and one count of possession of sexually exploitative materials.

Eddy was found not guilty on two counts of sex assault and 15 counts of possession of sexually exploitative materials. He was convicted on a single charge of obscenity, a class 6 felony, and walked out of District Judge Valerie Robison’s courtroom on Friday still free on bond.

Prosecutors said they will try again on the 16 deadlocked counts, scheduling a trial slated to begin April 19.

Eddy gazed expressionless at the jury as the judge read the verdicts, while several members of the family of Eddy’s alleged victim shook their heads in disbelief.

Eddy’s alleged victim testified during the 11-day trial that she had a secret, five-year relationship with the former District 51 substitute teacher, church deacon and retired police officer with the Los Angeles Police Department. The girl, who is now 20, testified to regular sexual encounters with Eddy starting in 2003 and ending in 2008. She testified she didn’t tell anyone because she didn’t believe anything was wrong with the relationship at the time.

The girl was in the process of being adopted by Rodney Eddy and his wife, Dory, around the time of the alleged assaults.

Eddy’s defense argued their client was physically incapable of having sex with the girl. The defense offered testimony and presented medical records suggesting Eddy was diagnosed with erectile dysfunction around the time of the alleged assaults.


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