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Westmoreland County jury acquits Jeannette man of rape

Paul Peirce
| Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, 11:30 a.m.

A Westmoreland County jury Wednesday acquitted a 37-year-old Jeannette man of raping a woman following a New Year’s Eve party in Salem Township on Jan. 1, 2017.

Michael A. Boatright was acquitted on charges of rape, indecent assault and sexual assault filed by state police at Kiski.

Jurors deliberated about two hours following the two-day jury trial presided over by President Judge Rita Hathaway.

State police Trooper James Daggett had alleged that Boatright and the female victim were attending a party at a residence in the Forbes Road area where the assault occurred. The victim told investigators that she fell asleep on a couch and awoke between 2 and 6 a.m. Jan. 1 as Boatright was assaulting her.

Later, the victim went to Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg for treatment and reported the assault to state police. The complaint was filed nine months after the alleged incident after troopers obtained DNA test results, Daggett reported.

Boatright pleaded not guilty and maintained no assault had occurred. His private attorney, Owen Seman of Monroeville, argued during trial that the incident was consensual

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-850-2860, ppeirce@tribweb.com or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.

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