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Jury Deliberations Begin in Trial of Monrovia Man Accused of School Rape

The fate of a Monrovia man accused of sexually abusing five students at a Duarte elementary school now lies in the hands of a jury.

Jury deliberations began Thursday afternoon and will continue Friday in the trial of the Monrovia man accused of sexually abusing his students while teaching at a Duarte elementary school.

Wade Bughman is charged with 9 total sexual abuse counts including rape, lewd conduct with a child, digital penetration of a minor and forced oral copulation for allegedly assaulting five different students at Beardslee Elementary School from 1997 to 2010.

Bughman's attorney insists the girls accusing Bughman fabricated their stories, while prosecutors say Bughman is a "practiced manipulator" who chose his victims because they'd be unlikely to report the abuse.

A jury of six men and six women will decide Bughman's fate following a trial that lasted more than a month.

Karen December 03, 2012 at 07:29 AM
Wade Bughman's Trial is another example of how an innocent man has been accused of a disgusting crime just like the people in the McMartin Preschool trial were. They were ALL innocent. Mr. Bughman is being railroaded by girls who have had a very long time to get their stories straight so people would acutally believe them. These girls all have a vendatta against this teacher.
Dan Crandell December 03, 2012 at 08:34 PM
@Karen Karen did you make yourself available to Bughman during his trail ? Jury's depend on strong character statements prior to deliberating. It's to late now for you to profess his innocents. Why do you link Mr. Bughman to the McMartin case?

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