URBANA — An Urbana man accused of sexually molesting a young girl in his care has been acquitted.
A Champaign County jury deliberated about three hours Wednesday before returning its verdict in the case of Donald Belanger, 54.
Belanger had been charged with a single count of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child for an act that allegedly occurred with a girl in his home on Pfeffer Road some time between January and June 2010.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant State's Attorney Duke Harris. Belanger was represented by Champaign attorney Dan Jackson. Judge Heidi Ladd presided over the two-day trial.
Because the girl, who was under 13 at the time, did not report the incident to the Champaign County sheriff's office until more than a year after it allegedly happened, there was no physical evidence,
Both attorneys agreed the case hinged on the believability of the witnesses.
Belanger has been free on bond since the criminal charge was filed in November 2011.