A Pennsylvania man has been convicted of over 70 criminal offenses after a Centre County jury found him guilty of allegedly exposing himself to and assaulting several women in and around the State College area. The man may appeal the sex crimes verdict because some of the alleged victims testified via prerecorded video, thereby depriving him of his Sixth Amendment right to confront his accusers in court.
According to court documents, the man assaulted against 16 women between 2009 and 2011, allegedly surprising the women in public and private areas on the Penn State campus and in surrounding towns and exposing himself. He soon escalated to more aggressive behavior, allegedly grabbing and physically blocking the women from escaping.
The number of incidents reportedly led the State College police to create a task force, which culminated in the arrest of the man. When questioned by police following his arrest, he allegedly confessed to the crime.
During his trial, the man denied committing any of the crimes and accused the police of lying about the evidence and his confession. He was the only witness to testify for the defense.
The prosecutor, on the other hand, had a comparative wealth of evidence, including the testimony of alleged victims and DNA that reportedly linked the man to several of the crime scenes.
Ultimately, the jury found the man guilty of 72 criminal offenses ranging from assault and indecent exposure to trespassing and burglary. If he does not decide to file an appeal, he is scheduled to be sentenced in August.
Source: Centre Daily Times, "Jury finds Penn State flasher Ryan Ho guilty; lawyer says DNA evidence hard to explain," Cliff White, May 31, 2012
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