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Massey dies two days after guilty verdict in sexual abuse case


A Watertown man who apparently took a pill upon hearing a guilty verdict in his sexual abuse case Friday has died.

Samaritan Medical Center spokeswoman Krista A. Kittle confirmed Jon K. Massey, 52, died about 7 p.m. Sunday.

Mr. Massey, 422 Dimmick St., collapsed in Jefferson County Court on Friday following his conviction on two counts each of first-degree criminal sexual act and second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child.

According to a news release from the Jefferson County sheriff’s department on Friday, as Mr. Massey was escorted from the court complex, he began to show signs of sickness and anxiety. Mr. Massey said he had taken an undetermined substance directly after the verdict, the release stated.

Mr. Massey was not in the custody of deputies before Friday’s trial.

Ms. Kittle declined to elaborate on the nature of Mr. Massey’s condition prior to his death, citing confidentiality laws.

A jury deliberated for about nine hours over two days before finding Mr. Massey guilty of the charges. He was accused of making inappropriate comments and touching the 12-year-old daughter of his girlfriend.

That behavior is alleged to have escalated into sexual abuse.

Mr. Massey’s attorney, Salvatore J. Piemonte, Camillus, had countered that the sexual abuse claim arose only after Mr. Massey took the mother’s side in a dispute over a relationship the girl was having as a teenager with an adult male, a relationship for which the mother threatened to have the man arrested.

Three counts of predatory sexual assault against a child and first-degree criminal sexual act were dismissed by Judge Kim H. Martusewicz based on a motion by Mr. Piemonte that they duplicated the criminal sexual act counts. A fourth count was dismissed for lack of evidence.

Mr. Massey faced a possible prison sentence of five to 25 years. Sentencing had been scheduled for April 18.

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