School photographer found not guilty in sex assault case

Gerard Mueden
Gerard Mueden

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A school photographer accused of molesting students on picture day was found not guilty. It didn't take long for the jury to make that unanimous decision Thursday morning, letting Gerard Mueden off free.   

He was accused of sexually assaulting two ten-year-old students at Lehua Elementary last September. Both children said Mueden touched them inappropriately while positioning them to be photographed.

The jury said there were too many holes in the student's accounts of what happened, and found him not guilty. Still, a jury member said they talked about the risk he could pose to children.

"We did discuss that whether he would be a threat in the future. But we thought that for this particular case, given the evidence that was presented, that there was not enough evidence to go ahead and prove him guilty" said juror Michael Harris.

32-year-old Mueden was one of six employees from the House of Photography at the school that day.  He still works there, but not with children.

Prosecutors said they were disappointed with the verdict.

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