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Lawyer: Molesting suspect passed polygraph

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GREENFIELD — The attorney for a former school fitness assistant accused of child molesting says her client passed a lie detector test about the alleged abuse.

Lyn O’Neal, attorney for Bryan Turner, 55, of Greenfield, disclosed the information about the polygraph after a plea agreement in the case was rejected by the court Monday.

The terms of that plea agreement, rejected by Hancock County Superior Court 1 Judge Terry Snow, were not disclosed.

“… We were working with the prosecutor to resolve this in a way that was reasonable and appropriate, but he did pass a polygraph,” O’Neal said.

Hancock County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Tami Napier declined to comment on the test, saying the results are inadmissible in court unless both sides agree to admit them. As of Tuesday, no such agreement existed to include the test in the public record, she said.

Turner is accused of fondling a young boy during a gym class at Doe Creek Middle School in October 2010.

Turner is currently charged with child molesting, a Class C felony. At Monday’s hearing, the prosecutor’s office filed a second charge, neglect, a Class D felony, against Turner.

Napier said Tuesday that while she will not close the door on the possibility of another plea agreement with Turner, it is unlikely another offer will be made.

“I think that the offer we made was very fair, and so we are now in a position where we are just going to have to try it and let the community decide,” she said.

A trial date has been scheduled for June 24.

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