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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Heroin Possession a Godsend for Man Charged with Child Molestation

Posted By on Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 2:59 PM

click to enlarge A novel defense strategy?
  • A novel defense strategy?

A Cotati man who authorities said was masturbating on a Tenderloin street corner while staring at a 10-year-old child was acquitted of molestation charges last week after mounting an unusual defense -- that he was, in fact, rummaging inside his pants to find his heroin.

Huey Roundtree, 47, was charged with misdemeanor child molestation after he was observed moving his hands inside his pants, allegedly while looking at a child sitting in a van parked nearby. If convicted, Roundtree could have faced a year in jail and lifetime registration as a sex offender.

However, following a three-week trial, a jury determined last Thursday that "Roundtree, who has no history of crimes against children, had instead been attempting to retrieve his heroin," according to a statement from the public defender's office, which handled the case.

Spokeswoman Tamara Barak Aparton said Roundtree was not charged with any drug offenses because police never found narcotics on him.

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