A jury found a former Marysville school teacher guilty of one sexual assault charge Friday, while a mistrial was declared in another charge.
After deliberating for more than eight hours over two days, the jury returned a verdict for Steve Rogers, of Marysville, at about 2:30 p.m. Friday. They found him guilty of criminal sexual conduct assault with intent to commit penetration.
They could not reach a unanimous verdict on one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. St. Clair County Circuit Court Judge Michael West declared a mistrial. He said a date will be set for another trial on that charge after discussions with the attorneys.
A sentencing hearing was scheduled for the guilty charge at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 28 in front of West.
Criminal sexual conduct assault with intent to commit penetration carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
Rogers was convicted for sexually assaulting an adult woman in spring 2019. He is also accused of assaulting the same woman on an earlier occasion.
Another case is also pending for Rogers.
St. Clair County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Amy Goodrich has said Rogers allegedly assaulted a minor victim several times when she was around the age of 12. Around the age of 13 or 14, Rogers exposed the minor victim to inappropriate sexual material, according to court testimony.
The trial date for that case has not yet been set.
While Rogers was employed as school teacher when he was charged in September 2021, Marysville Public Schools Superintendent Shawn Wightman said Rogers retired from the school district in July.
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This article originally appeared on Port Huron Times Herald: Jury finds Steve Rogers guilty of one count of sexual assault, mistrial on another