A jury has found a Klamath Falls man 'guilty' on multiple charges of sexually abusing an 11 year old female relative.
It took the jury less than two hours to reach a verdict.
Klamath County Circuit Court Judge Marci Warner Adkisson read the verdict shortly after 2:pm...
"Count one - unlawful sexual penetration in the first degree - guilty - rape in the first degree, count two - guilty..."
33 year old Juan Carlos Diaz was found 'guilty' on all 14 counts of rape, sodomy, and unlawful sexual penetration. Closing arguments were made this morning.
"Indicators of prolonged sexual abuse?" Questioned defense attorney Stephen Hedlund. "Not a single physical indicator was there to establish that this had taken place."
Klamath County Senior Deputy District Attorney Sharon Forster disagreed...
"It's right here, folks. It's not beyond any doubt. Because for you not to have any doubt, you'd have had to have been there watching them."
Diaz was accused of sexually abusing the young girl between April and December of 2011. The emotional trial began last Wednesday.
Defense attorney Hedlund maintained his client's innocence...
"I'm asking you to find Mister Diaz 'not guilty' of all of the charges."
The victim, now 12, testified on Thursday of last week.
"It was a 'he said, she said'." Noted prosecutor Forster. "The evidence that supported the victim's statements was overwhelming in this case."
The judge has not yet set a date for sentencing.
Diaz will face a minimum of 25 years in prison, since the victim was under the age of 12. If all sentences are run consecutively, Diaz could face a sentence of over 300 years.