Counselor guilty of indecent liberties

An Island County Superior Court jury on Monday found Glenn Jolley, a former counselor who had offices in Oak Harbor and Freeland, guilty of one count of indecent liberties.

The jury also found the 58-year-old Jolley not guilty of a count of attempted indecent liberties.

The 12 members of the jury were unable to reach a consensus on the second-degree rape charge, which resulted in a mistrial on that single count.

Jolley’s attorney, Mark Mestel of Everett, said that he may appeal the conviction. Island County Deputy Prosecutor Mike Henegen said he isn’t sure whether he’ll re-try Jolley for the rape charge.

Jolley was taken into custody after the verdict was read, and under state law, he cannot be released on bail. Jolley is facing between 15 and 20 months in prison on the indecent liberties charge, according to sentencing guidelines. He is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 21 at 1:30 p.m.

Indecent liberties is a felony sex crime, which means Jolley will have to register as a sex offender after serving a sentence. Jolley was convicted of fondling a patient’s breast early this year.

Both the victim and the investigator, Oak Harbor Police Detective Teri Gardner, testified against Jolley in regard to the indecent liberties charge. Gardner played a taped telephone conversation between the victim and Jolley that occurred after the offense, in which Jolley repeatedly asks the woman if she told anyone else about what happened.

Henegen said the jury members found the tape recording to be “very persuasive.”

The jury members deliberated Friday afternoon and Monday morning, but were unable to reach a consensus on the rape charge, which was the most serious offense Jolley was facing.

Henegen interviewed the jury members after the verdict. He said 10 of the jurors voted that Jolley was guilty of the rape charge, but two unconvinced jurors held out.

Those two jurors “were looking for corroborative evidence,” Henegen said, but the prosecution “never has that in sex crimes of this kind.”

According to Henegen, the jury members found Jolley innocent on the attempted indecent liberties charge because the alleged victim “exaggerated a couple of times” on the stand. She said, for example, that Jolley’s office was 200 degrees.

“The jury indicated on all counts that they felt something had happened, “Henegen said, “but they weren’t able to find him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt” on all charges.

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