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Owatonna chiropractor acquitted on sex charges

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OWATONNA, Minn. (AP) -- An Owatonna chiropractor has been acquitted on charges of having unwanted sexual contact with one of this patients, although additional charges involving different patients are pending.

Lyle Coleman was acquitted Friday in Steele County on three charges of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly touching a female patient during examinations in 2004.

Coleman's attorney, George Restovich, argued at trial that there was no evidence of sexual touching, no evidence of intent nor of a crime.

The jury of five men and seven women returned not guilty verdicts on all counts after less than six hours of deliberation.

After the verdict was read, Restovich said, "Dr. Coleman is very grateful and happy with the verdict, especially coming from a community of his peers." He added, "We felt we had a very fair trial and jury."

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Prosecutor said Dan McIntosh he disagreed with the verdict, but respected it and appreciated the work of the jury.

"It's disappointing with the amount of time we put into this case but it's always hard to know what people will think is important -- what's important to us may not be important to other people," McIntosh said.

Coleman still faces seven more trials on similar chargms regarding former patients who allege he touched them sexually during sessions. Restovich said he had no comment about the pending charges.

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Information from: Owatonna People's Press, http://www.owatonna.com

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