A jury deliberated for about 30 minutes Thursday morning before returning a verdict of not guilty for a rural Parsons man accused of inappropriately touching a then 14-year-old girl more than a decade ago.

Jacob L. Hoppes, born in 1982, was tried this week in Labette County District Court on a charge of indecent liberties with a child, a mid-level felony. The trial began Tuesday and testimony concluded Wednesday. Attorneys made closing remarks Thursday and the jury left the courtroom at 9:36 a.m. to begin deliberations. The jury announced it had a verdict at 10:09 a.m.

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