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Published October 30, 2009, 03:36 PM

Grafton Man Convicted of Sex Abuse

A jury in Grafton has convicted a man of sexually abusing a child.

A jury in Grafton has convicted a man of

sexually abusing a child.

Jurors deliberated for about 2½ hours Friday before finding Ciro

Gomez guilty of the felony, which could bring him a maximum

sentence of life in prison without parole. A sentencing date was

not immediately set.

Gomez's trial on the charge of continuous sexual abuse of a

child lasted four days. He testified in his own defense and denied

the charge.

The girl testified that she liked Gomez when he moved in with

her mother in June last year. She said the abuse started almost

immediately after that, until his arrest in January this year.

Both prosecutor Barbara Whelan and defense attorney Henry Howe

declined comment after the verdict.

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