A Fayette County woman was acquitted on Wednesday of allegations she had sex with her ex-boyfriend’s 14-year-old son at a Connellsville residence.
Following a two-day trial, a jury of six men and six women deliberated for two hours before finding Kayla Goodwin, 24, of Dawson, not guilty of statutory sexual assault and indecent assault.
Goodwin, who denied the allegations, embraced one of her attorneys, Sam Davis of Uniontown, immediately after the verdicts were read. Outside the courtroom, the teenage boy who had accused Goodwin exchanged hugs with several of his relatives, including his mother.
The teen’s family declined comment. The Tribune-Review does not identify victims of alleged sexual assault.
Meghann Mikluscak, assistant district attorney, said prosecutors were disappointed with the verdict.
“We would have liked to see a different outcome,” Mikluscak said. “It’s a tough case. The jury had a difficult job to perform, and we understood that.”
Davis said the jury reached a fair verdict.
“This seemed to me to be a difficult case for the commonwealth because I don’t know if they have a choice, when a young person makes an allegation,” Davis said. “You have to take them seriously, but his statement wasn’t corroborated, and it wasn’t convincing at trial.”
The boy, now 17, on Tuesday testified he was asleep on his father’s bed when he felt someone touching him. He looked up and saw Goodwin in the bed.
“I was kind of shocked,” he testified. “We started making out.”
The teen testified the two had sex on the bed for “20 minutes,” then moved to the floor, where they had sex for another “15 to 20 minutes,” he testified.
The teen’s father testified he found the two in his bed the following morning, but both were clothed and the teen told him nothing had occurred.
Goodwin denied having sex with the teen. She testified she and the teen’s father remained friends and worked at the same pizza shop until she learned of the allegations in October 2012 from a Connellsville police officer.
The teen testified he did not immediately tell his parents about the alleged incident, but his mother heard about the allegations when he told his younger brother and “maybe some friends at school.”
Liz Zemba is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-601-2166 or [email protected].