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Anaheim man aquitted of molestation charges

A 44-year-old Anaheim man has been acquitted of sexually assaulting two girls, but he still faces sentencing for threatening one of them.

Talal Chami has served more than the three-year sentence he faces as he awaited trial, so the next hearing will involve legal housekeeping as attorneys and a judge determine how much time he would have to serve on parole, said his attorney, Jennifer Nicolalde of the Orange County Public Defender’s Office.

Chami was acquitted of multiple sexual-assault and child-abuse and endangerment charges on March 30, according to court records. He was convicted of one felony count of criminal threats.

Chami was in jail from his arrest in April 2017 until March 30, when he was released on his own recognizance.

Nicolalde argued at trial that her client was set up by the girls.

Jurors deliberated for about a day before reaching the verdicts, she said.

“They felt it was a complete travesty what happened to Mr. Chami,” Nicolalde said. “They felt the police officer should have investigated more. … It came down to credibility.”

Source: Orange County Register

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