A Jefferson Parish jury last week acquitted a Lutcher man charged with sexually abusing the granddaughter of his girlfriend about six years ago.
Jurors on March 7 took about four hours to find Troylen Bowser, 32, not guilty of one count sexual battery of a victim under 13 years old in the court of 24th Judicial District Judge Lee Faulkner, court documents show.
Lionel Lon Burns, who represented Bowser, said that he felt conflicting statements from the girl and her grandmother about the alleged abuse led to his client’s acquittal.
“It’s simple,” Burns said. “You can tell the truth a thousand times, but you cannot tell the same lie twice and as an attorney, I think I effectively showed the jury the alleged victim was lying.”
Bowser, who broke into tears with his mother when the verdict was read, faced between 25 and 99 years in prison if convicted. Burns said Bowser had been in jail since his arrest 10 months ago because he was unable to post bail.