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Court grants Eau Claire man new trial in sex assault case


MADISON (WKOW) -- An Eau Claire man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl will get a new trial, a state appeals court granted Tuesday.

In 2010, 32-year-old Paul Thornton was convicted of attempted first-degree sexual assault of a child. He argued on appeal that he wasn't allowed to call two witnesses to testify who would have vouched for his truthfulness.

The 3rd District Court of Appeals ruled Thornton should have been able to call the witnesses. A state Justice Department spokeswoman said the agency will evaluate the ruling and decide whether to ask the state Supreme Court to take the case.


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