Crime

Clearfield County man fires back at DA after acquittal

A lawyer for a Clearfield County elected official acquitted of rape and other charges Thursday fired back at the prosecutor Friday.

In a statement, attorney C.J. Zwick, of DuBois, addressed District Attorney Bill Shaw’s comments to reporters regarding the case of Robert Myers, a Bigler Township supervisor who spent four days on trial facing 20 counts each of rape, statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and indecent assault. The charges originated with an underage girl who said the contact started when she was 12 or 13.

Zwick pointed to the quick return of the verdict, saying “the jury was extremely confident, based on the evidence and testimony presented, that my client did not commit the heinous acts the Commonwealth accused him of committing.”

Shaw told reporters that he would continue to pursue similar cases and he wanted to ensure children and families were not discouraged by the outcome of the case or reluctant to report abuse.

“This case was wrongfully prosecuted by the Commonwealth,” Zwick said. “If anything, Shaw’s own decision to push this case to trial, while ignoring evidence tending to show my client’s innocence, will have a ‘chilling effect’ on future reports of actual child abuse.”

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce

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