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Mistrial declared in child sexual assault case

A mistrial was declared in a child sexual assault case in Warren County court last Thursday.

Lorn Champlin, 64, Sheffield, was found not guilty on a count of unlawful contact with minors — sexual offenses.

The jury was hung on charges of indecent assault and corruption of minors.

A hung jury occurs when a jury is unable to unanimously vote for a verdict of guilty or not guilty.

These charges mark what was one of five pending cases against Champlin.

Three of the remaining dockets include sexual offenses ranging from rape to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse to aggravated indecent assault, among others.

The remaining docket includes 17 counts of possession of firearm prohibited.

Testimony at the preliminary hearing from last enforcement alleged that the firearms were discovered when Champlin was arrested on the sexual assault dockets.

Troopers testified that 17 firearms and approximately 2,500 rounds of ammunition were discovered.

Online court records show that Champlin is still being held at the Warren County Jail.

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