Deliberations Will Continue Monday In Shifflet Trial

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Jurors in the trial of a Glouster man accused of sexually molesting five young girls failed to reach a verdict Friday.

Thomas Shifflet,76, is being charged with one count of rape, three counts of gross sexual imposition, and one count of sexual imposition.

Shifflet will face 26 years and 45 days in prison if convicted on all counts.

After two weeks of victim testimonies, the prosecution and the defense gave their closing arguments Thursday afternoon before jurors went into deliberations Friday morning.

After seven hours, the jurors were released and will continue deliberations Monday morning.

Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn said he does not believe the weekend-long break will have any impact on the verdict.