Robert Matthew Nolan Found Guilty on All Counts; Must Register as a Sex Offender for Life

Robert Matthew Nolan

Ohio resident Robert Matthew Nolan, 39, formerly of New Albany, was found guilty on Friday morning of four counts of sexual abuse–the result of a jury trial that lasted the better part of a week. After a day and a half of jury selection, a twelve member panel and two jury alternates were presented with two and a half days worth of evidence and testimony from the State and the defense. Closing arguments concluded late in the afternoon on Thursday evening. After being given final instructions from Judge Maria Granger, the jury withdrew to the jury room and deliberated on the verdict for nine hours.

At 3:00 a.m., the jury notified court officials that they had reached a verdict.

Nolan was found guilty on all counts: Count 1: Child Molesting, a Class C Felony; Count 2: Child Seduction, a Class D Felony; Count 3: Child Seduction, a Class D Felony; and Count 4: Rape, a Class B Felony.

“The best interests of justice were served this morning with the announcement of the jury’s verdict. Finally, the victim and her family, as well as the greater community, will have some relief knowing that justice has been served,”  said Prosecutor Keith Henderson.

A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for July 26, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. in Floyd Superior Court 3. Nolan faces a possible incarceration range of nine to 34 years imprisonment if the sentences in all counts are ordered to be served consecutively.

The advisory sentence for a Class B Felony in Indiana is 10 years, with a possible range of 6 to 20 years. The possible range for a Class C Felony is two to eight years; the range for a Class D Felony is six months to three years.

Due to the nature of his offenses, Nolan must register as a Sex Offender for the remainder of his life.

The Floyd County Sheriff’s Department investigated this case; Prosecutor Keith Henderson and Deputy Prosecutor Matthew Ely represented the State of Indiana during the prosecution. The defendant was represented by Attorney Stanley E. Robison, Jr.

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