Stamford man found not guilty of sex­ual as­sault

Stamford Advocate - - Newsbites - By John Nick­er­son jnick­er­son@stam­for­dad­vo­cate.com

STAMFORD — Mar­gar­ito Cam­pos-Marin cried tears of joy in the arms of his at­tor­ney Wed­nes­day, mo­ments after a jury ac­quit­ted him of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing his for­mer girl­friend’s young daugh­ters.

Cam­pos-Marin, 40, faced up to 26 years in prison on charges of fourth-de­gree sex­ual as­sault, il­le­gal sex­ual con­tact with a child vic­tim and at­tempted fourth-de­gree sex­ual as­sault.

But the jury of four women and two men needed only 90 min­utes to find him not guilty of all charges.

“It was ab­so­lutely a just ver­dict,” de­fense at­tor­ney Dar­nell Crosland said. “You can’t use your gut. You can’t use a hunch. You have to have ev­i­dence and they did not have it.”

Crosland said he re­jected a no-jail plea agree­ment that was of­fered to his client to re­solve the case.

“He said, ‘I’m in­no­cent Dar­nell, do I have to plead guilty?’ I said to him in this coun­try maybe 90 per­cent of the cases set­tle in a guilty plea, but if you re­ally be­lieve you are in­no­cent, we can take the case to trial,” Crosland said.

The jury lis­tened to five days of tes­ti­mony that ended Mon­day when Cam­posMarin took the stand and de­clared his in­no­cence.

Un­der ques­tion­ing by Crosland, Cam­pos-Marin painted a pic­ture of a ma­ligned would-be step­fa­ther and dis­ci­plinar­ian who came un­der po­lice scru­tiny after he caught his girl­friend’s youngest daugh­ter send­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ate tweets. He said the girl’s sis­ter be­came angry at him and ac­cused him of stalk­ing her on­line.

Cam­pos-Marin said he had been pay­ing rent and sleep­ing in the liv­ing room of his girl­friend’s apart­ment for about two years be­fore this oc­curred.

Cam­pos-Marin told the jury he never had a good re­la­tion­ship with his girl­friend’s old­est daugh­ter, but the break­ing point came in Jan­uary 2013 when he told the mother about the tweets. He said that’s when the sex­ual abuse ac­cu­sa­tions sur­faced.

But un­der cross ex­am­i­na­tion from As­sis­tant State’s At­tor­ney Daniel Cum­mings, Cam­pos-Marin ad­mit­ted he never told po­lice about the Twit­ter is­sue.

Cam­pos-Marin was ar­rested in December 2013 and has been free on bond.

“The jury has spo­ken,” Cum­mings said. “We ap­pre­ci­ate the vic­tims com­ing for­ward and telling their story.”

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