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Man Found Not Guilty In Tallahassee Date Rape Trial

By: Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell Email
By: Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell Email
One attorney reports the court testimony showed the female student sent a message through Twitter that she was looking for someone to party with her in April 2012.

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Press Release: Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – October 16, 2013 – A criminal court jury announced today that 23-year-old Nathaniel M. Johnson of Tallahassee is not guilty of committing date rape against a 21-year-old Florida State University student following a two-day trial before Judge James C. Hankinson. Johnson, who was represented by Richard A. Greenberg of Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, was charged with sexual battery on a person physically helpless to resist.

“We are pleased with the jury’s verdict,” said Greenberg. “While date rape is a serious matter in society, we were able to show that this situation was consensual and my client did not commit a violent act against his accuser.”

Greenberg said the court testimony showed the female student sent out a message through Twitter that she was looking for someone to party with her in April 2012. Johnson, 23, responded to the post and the two spent most of the evening together. Later that day the student told authorities she believed she had passed out and Mr. Johnson had sex with her without her consent. Johnson was subsequently arrested and charged.

“The jury found Johnson was not guilty because there was reasonable doubt,” added Greenberg.


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