A Niskayuna man who rejected plea deals in the sexual abuse case against him and maintained his innocence throughout was acquitted Friday by a jury, officials said.
Floyd J. Jackson, 66, took the stand in the case Thursday and provided the jury with an explanation for the allegations, an explanation the 12-member jury apparently accepted, his attorney James Tyner said.
“From day one he has absolutely denied it,” Tyner said. “He cooperated with police when they investigated it and provided a statement to them and finally, when he had his day in court, he told the jury exactly what happened.”
Jackson, a retired General Electric worker, was arrested in June 2011 on charges of first-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, accused of an incident of abuse against a 14-year-old.
The trial began Monday and concluded Friday.
If convicted, Jackson had faced up to seven years in state prison. He pressed the case to trial, rejecting previous plea offers that included no jail time, but would have branded him a sex offender, Tyner said.
The case was prosecuted by Jessica Lorusso and heard before acting Schenectady County Court Judge Frank P. Milano. Lorusso couldn’t be reached for comment later.