Updated 01/12/2012 05:30 PM
Donald Hughes found guilty
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UTICA, N.Y. -- The former Rome correction officer accused of sexually abusing two girls younger than 11 has been found guilty of all but one of the charges against him.
Donald Hughes was led out of Oneida County Court in handcuffs Thursday. Jurors found him guilty of first degree attempted criminal sexual act, three counts of first degree sexual abuse and course of sexual conduct against a child. He was found not guilty of a fourth count of sexual abuse in the first degree.
Prosecutors say the girls have received unwavering support from their loved ones since they came forward with accusations against Hughes, which can go a long way to aiding in the healing process.
"Because of the strength of their family and the support that they're getting. I know the CAC, the Child Advocacy Center, offers counseling. I know one of the girls is having counseling there. That makes a big difference. And again, the support of the family is just something that's immeasurable," said First Assistant District Attorney Dawn Lupi.
Hughes is scheduled to be sentenced February 29.