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Retired Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy found guilty in sex-assault case

Retired Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy and former bailiff Jim Webber was found guilty Tuesday in Douglas County Circuit Court on two counts of sexual assault and one count of obstructing an officer in a case involving an incident with a then-18-...

Retired Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy and former bailiff Jim Webber was found guilty Tuesday in Douglas County Circuit Court on two counts of sexual assault and one count of obstructing an officer in a case involving an incident with a then-18-year-old male. Webber was found not guilty of exposing a child to harmful material following a day-long jury trial.

Webber, 56, was arrested on Oct. 23, 2008, on two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault, two counts of obstructing an officer, one count of representations depicting nudity and one count of exposing a child to harmful material, according to Superior police. An additional count of representations depicting nudity was later added, but both the nudity counts were dismissed at a June motion hearing because they did not fit the definition of the statute. One of the obstruction charges was also dismissed at that time.

The felony exposing charge involved two pornographic videotapes that Webber lent to the young man and whether he did so before or after the male turned 18. Webber's neighbors testified that they gave the videotapes to Webber after a Labor Day weekend cleaning binge. As of Labor Day weekend of 2008, the victim was already 18.

Other evidence in the case involved nude pictures and video of the young man found in a digital camera owned by Webber. A portion of a Superior Police interview with Webber was also presented to the jury. In it, the retired bailiff denied having any such photographs.

The victim also testified, describing two incidents where Webber sexually assaulted him -- once in the sauna of a local hotel and once at his home.

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A sentencing date has not been set.

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