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Clear Lake man found not guilty of sex abuse

Trial began Tuesday. Jury returned verdict Friday.

Posted: Sep 14, 2018 8:13 PM
Updated: Sep 14, 2018 9:00 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa – A jury of his peers has found a Clear Lake man not guilty of 3rd degree sexual abuse and invasion of privacy.

That verdict was returned Friday after the four day trial of Issaac Emmanuel Watkins, 25. He had been arrested in January. Clear Lake police said they found someone unconscious in the backseat of a car on May 6, 2017, and a witness had identified Watkins at the last person to be with the person. Police said a search of Watkins phone found images of him committing a sex act of the victim, who claimed no memory of the event.

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