Bigger Convicted

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After a six-day trial and over eight hours of deliberation, a Calaveras County Superior Court jury found Joseph Riley Bigger guilty of continuous sexual abuse of his underage daughter repeatedly while the two were living at his San Andreas apartment.  The defendant pleaded not guilty to one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14 and 13 counts of lewd acts with a child under 14.  He was found guilty of all 14 charges last week and will be sentenced on June 10th.  Calaveras County Deputy District Attorney Monique Neese told reported she was proud of the victim’s strength and perseverance, especially being so young and under such difficult circumstances. Testimonies included five law enforcement and forensic officials, the victim, her mother and two expert witnesses called by the prosecution, and the defendant, his 15-year-old son and one expert witness called by the defense.   District Attorney Barbara Yook said after the decision was handed down that she was pleased with the jury’s verdict and grateful for their time and attention to this case.   Bigger awaits sentencing at the Calaveras County Jail.                                                                                                                  

 Written by KVGC Staff