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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) –- A Bladen County man and former Wilmington firefighter jailed for months in Virginia on sex crime allegations has been found not guilty.

A jury found Robert Hester not guilty yesterday on two counts of sexual penetration by force with an object. There was a mistrial on one count of abduction with intent to defile, according to the Fairfax County Court Clerk’s Office.

Hester’s attorney did not immediately return a call for comment.

Police in Virginia arrested Hester in March after an incident at a hotel March 19 involving a woman investigators say Hester know. He was arrested two days later and held in jail ever since.

The Wilmington Fire Department fired Hester April 15, because he had missed too many days of work.


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