MAYS LANDING — A suspended Atlantic City fire captain was found guilty of aggravated criminal sexual contact on an underage female relative, but the jury was unable to reach a verdict on several other charges Friday, including aggravated sexual assault.
Adrian Wilson, 49, of Egg Harbor Township, was also found guilty of three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
He was accused of molesting the girl for about two years beginning the summer she turned 12, in 2006. She finally told Wilson's wife — the girl's blood relative — on July 5, 2008. Viola Wilson testified that she thought the girl was telling the truth at first, but had come to believe her husband was innocent.
The Press of Atlantic City is not naming the girl due to her age and the nature of the crime.
The jury deliberated all day Friday, but was unable to come to a unanimous decision on the charges of aggravated sexual assault and sexual assault, as well as sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child for allegations that Wilson also inappropriately touched the victim's younger sister.
"I believe we cannot continue to deliberate to reach a verdict" on the other charges, the jury foreman told Superior Court Judge Bernard DeLury on Friday.
When DeLury asked if more time would help them make a decision, the man replied: "It is my belief we could not given any amount of time."
After the partial verdict was delivered, Assistant Prosecutor Pamela D'Arcy asked that Wilson's bail be revoked. But defense attorney Mark Roddy said his client has ties to the community and should be able to remain free until his sentencing Jan. 7.
DeLury agreed that Wilson is not a flight risk, but did raise his bail to $250,000. Both Wilson and his wife remained composed as the verdict was read, but Viola Wilson doubled over in her seat as her husband was handcuffed and taken into custody.
Adrian Wilson had been free on $150,000 bail. It was expected that the family would post the additional amount necessary to have him released.
Neither the victim nor her mother and siblings — who all testified during the trial — was present for the verdict.
The state now must decide whether Wilson will be retried on the four remaining charges.
Wilson has been suspended from his Fire Department job without pay since shortly after his arrest in September 2008. With the conviction, the process to have him terminated will begin.
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