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Huntington man found guilty of molestation charges

By ANDREW CHRISTMAN - achristman@h-ponline.com

A Huntington man was found guilty of two counts of child molestation following a jury trial last week.

Ryan Burnworth, 37, was accused of two Level 4 felonies for molestation stemming from an investigation beginning in December of 2016. According to a police report filed by Huntington City Police Department Detective Shane Blair, charges were made after the victim told family members.

Blair wrote the victim stated Burnworth made inappropriate touches in the mornings before seeing the victim off to school.

On Jan. 5, 2017, Blair wrote he spoke with Burnworth in regards to the accusations. Burnworth reportedly denied the accusations, stating the victim was a good kid and he could not think of any reason for the victim to say inappropriate touches happened. When asked if he would be willing to take a polygraph test, Burnworth reportedly began stammering and saying he may have touched the victim while drying the victim off after a shower accidentally. Burnworth also reportedly stated at times he and the victim would lie on the couch in the same direction.

Burnworth reportedly proceeded to tell Blair two incidents had occurred where he had inapproproiately touched the victim, adding the victim started both incidents. Burnworth was then taken into the custody of the Huntington County Jail.

Burnworth is set to be sentenced April 3 in the Huntington Superior Court. Level 4 felonies can see a sentence ranging from two to 12 years, with an advised sentence of six years.

The state was represented by County Prosecuting Attorney Amy Richison. Burnworth was represented by attorney Sharon Wright.