Hung jury in CSC trial

IRON MOUNTAIN – The trial of an Iron Mountain man accused of criminal sexual conduct ended in a hung jury on Friday.

Jacob Edward Harvala, 26, was charged with three counts of criminal sexual conduct, third degree involving a 15-year-old female.

The trial began last Wednesday, and the case went to the jury on Thursday afternoon.

Prosecuting Attorney Lisa Richards said the jury deliberated for approximately seven-and-a-half hours before the foreperson notified Judge Richard J. Celello that they were unable to reach a unanimous verdict.

The jury was excused on Friday afternoon. Judge Celello declared a mistrial.

Richards has stated that her office will re-try Harvala.

“We are certainly disappointed that the jury was unable to come to an agreement, but it wasn’t for lack of effort. We believe that the jurors devoted their full attention to the evidence presented at trial and participated earnestly in deliberations,” she said.

The case has been rescheduled for a pre-trial conference on April 8.

Harvala stands accused of engaging in sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl on three to five occasions between June and September 2012 in Kingsford.

Harvala is being represented by attorney Dan Jaspen of Iron Mountain. He remains in custody.