Karthaus woman acquitted of sex abuse charges

A Clearfield County woman was found not guilty Friday on all charges of sexually assaulting a teenage boy during a fishing camp party in Snow Shoe Township in 2011.

Jessica Marker, 36, of Karthaus, faced counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault and indecent assault during a two-day trial, and she took the stand where she denied that she had sex with the boy, who was then 13, late the night of April 15, 2011.

Marker was in tears after the verdict, and her family hugged her in her relief.

“We are vindicated by and very pleased with the jury’s verdict,” said her lawyer, Barbara Zemlock. “It’s clear they considered the evidence very carefully and the consideration they afforded is very much appreciated by Ms. Marker.”

The defense called three people to testify to dispute the series of events presented by the boy and his friend on the stand. The defense witnesses testified they were with Marker on the night in question.

District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said she was disappointed by the verdict considering the weight of the prosecution’s evidence. Parks Miller said Marker admitted the sex acts in text messages and asked the boy to erase her name in his cellphone so his mother would not find out who was text messaging him.

“There is not any more evidence we could have put before the jury to prove this case, and we are very disappointed and surprised by this verdict as is the victim’s family,” Parks Miller said.

Marker was released from the Centre County Correctional Facility Friday night.