Hurley Found Guilty of Sex Abuse

By Tatiana Zarnowski
Carlisle Sentinel [Pennsylvania]
November 2, 2006

When the jury forewoman read the first "Guilty," in a loud, clear voice, Lane Hurley breathed "Oh, God," sighed loudly and put his head in his hands.

His victim's family members also invoked the Creator after they tearfully embraced following the announcement Thursday evening that Hurley, 56, was found guilty on all four charges relating to sexual abuse of his then 10-year-old niece in 1997.

"This is a family of faith," the mother of the victim, who is now 19, told The Sentinel afterward.

The jury found Hurley, a former minister, guilty of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault and corruption of minors after two and a half hours of deliberation.

Hurley's bail was doubled, from $150,000 to $300,000, and he was led away in handcuffs from Cumberland County Judge J. Wesley Oler's courtroom to Cumberland County Prison.

He could post bail soon, said Chief Deputy District Attorney Jaime Keating.

Norris Gelman, Hurley's defense attorney, said he was disappointed with the verdict, adding, "I'm sure Mr. Hurley will appeal."

At Keating's request, Oler ordered Hurley to surrender his passport and have no contact with children under age 16, other than his own 5-year-old daughter.

The Virginia man now awaits a Dec. 19 sentencing.

The jury of seven men and five women began deliberating around 4 p.m. Thursday after testimony and closing arguments concluded, and reached a verdict at 6:30 p.m.


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