A Delaware County jury took 22 minutes to find an Andes teenager guilty of child sexual abuse charges Friday, according to Delaware County District Attorney Richard Northrup.
Clint Peterson, 19, of Andes, was found guilty of promoting a sexual performance by a child and possessing a sexual performance by a child, both felonies.
Northrup said the case against Peterson stemmed from an incident Jan. 4, 2008, when an undercover California police officer posing as a 14-year-old girl was contacted on the Internet by Peterson.
Northrup said that within minutes of instant-messaging the police officer, Peterson sent him a photo of a girl who was under 16 years old.
A search warrant was obtained and the image of a child involved in a sexual performance was found on Peterson's computer, Northrup said.
Peterson faces 2 1/3 to 7 years in prison on the charges, Northrup said.
In another case, Glenford Hull, 58, formerly of Meredith, appeared in court with his attorney, Michael Jacobs, for a bail hearing.
Bail was originally set April 16 for Hull, who is facing his second second-degree murder trial for the 2006 death of Chance Caffery.
Hull was found guilty of second-degree murder following a jury trial Oct. 19, 2006, but that conviction was recently overturned by the state Supreme Court Appellate Division's Third Judicial Department.
Becker initially set Hull's bail at $500,000 bail or $1 million bond, but Monday lowered it to the $250,000 bail Hull posted prior to his first trial.
Jacobs said one of the main issues in the new trial will be the functioning of the weapon used in the shooting.
Becker said he accepted that the prosecution's case is not as strong as it would have been had there been an empty chamber in the gun.
Jacobs said the bail amount is a moot point because Hull does not have funds available to make bail. Jacob's request for an ankle bracelet was denied.
Hull is being held in the Delaware County Jail awaiting his retrial, which will probably take place in August, according to Jacobs. Hull had been serving his sentence at the Five Points Correctional Facility in Romulus. He was originally sentenced to 22 years to life on the murder charge.
Hull allegedly shot Chance Caffery, 23, in the head Feb. 18, 2006, with a revolver at an apartment complex where the two lived on state Route 28 in Meridale. The shooting occurred after an argument between the two men.
In March, the Appellate Division ruled that Hull received ineffective assistance of counsel and sent the matter back to Delaware County Court for a new trial.
Patricia Breakey can be reached at 746-2894 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.