Lancaster man convicted in child sex abuse case

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

LANCASTER, Pa- A Lancaster County jury convicted a city man of rape and other abuse of a pre-teenage girl for two years.

Ramon Luis Jusino, 37, has been at Lancaster County Prison since October 2014, was found guilty Wednesday morning of 7 felonies regarding alleged abuse at his Columbia Avenue home.

The jury of 7 women and 5 men deliberated for about 2 hours over 2 days before reaching a decision Wednesday at 9:35 a.m.

Jusino bowed his head as the jury foreperson, a woman, announced a guilty verdict on the first charge: rape of a child.

County Judge James Cullen, who set a sentencing date of April 29, also raised Jusino’s bail to $1 million.

First Assistant District Attorney Christopher Larsen gave a closing argument Tuesday afternoon, following more than three days of testimony.

Judge Cullen then instructed jurors on the law, before allowing them to start deliberations about 3:45 p.m. The panel was sent home at day’s end; deliberations resumed Wednesday morning.

Lancaster city police Detective Gareth Lowe charged Jusino with abuse of the girl, beginning in 2012 when she was 6. She testified at trial.

Among the other testimony presented was a 9-hour statement Jusino gave to investigators.

Four of the charges are first-degree felonies.