Sexual Abuse Charges
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After three hours of deliberation, a jury of 11 women and one man returned a verdict against Joseph Neff. Guilty on all counts. Neff, of State College, was charged by State College police in May with 734 counts ranging from rape of a child and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child to corruption of minors and unlawful contact with a minor. According to police, the conduct had occurred from 2009 through 2013-14 and started when the child was 8 years old. The trial began Thursday when jurors heard testimony from several witnesses for the prosecution, including the minor female at the center of the case, her family members and State College police. Neff took the stand at the end of the day to testify in his own defense. Friday featured closing arguments by the respective attorneys. Neff's attorney Deb Lux reminded the jury of the principles of presumed innocence and the burden of proof. A sentencing date has been set for Feb. 16th. The assistant district attorney indicated Neff would be looking at a potential life sentence given the number of felony counts.