Verdict reached in sleepwalking molestation case

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Updated: 7/03/2014 10:38 am

MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California jury has returned a split verdict against a man who acknowledged molesting a 9-year-old girl but blamed the incident on a sleep disorder.

A Contra Costa County jury found Ralph Dell not guilty on Wednesday of the more serious charge in the case, but convicted him of a lesser count of lewd acts on a child under 14. The Contra Costa Times reports ( ) that he faces a maximum of eight years in prison.

The more serious charge carried a maximum life sentence.

Dell's attorney argued during the trial that his client was asleep when he touched the girl at his Pacheco home in 2012. She was having a sleepover with his daughter.

Dell, who is in his mid-30s, said he had a sleep disorder that made him engage in sexual acts while asleep.

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Griffin - 7/3/2014 11:09 AM
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This was Bull and Roar! Sleepwalking will not make you do something you are not willing to do! He was willing to molest a child before he went to sleep, so if he really was asleep, it was something he did not find disgusting! He did it, he should have been found Guilty!

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