Trial rescheduled again for Millville man accused of child sex abuse

Dean Ferguson, 56, arrested May 19, 2014 on charges of sexual abuse of a child and object rape, both first-degree felonies. 

LOGAN — The trial for a 57-year-old Millville man accused of sexually abusing several teenage girls has been rescheduled again, as prosecutors asked a judge for more time to sort out evidence.

Dean Ferguson appeared in 1st District Court Monday afternoon. He faces seven charges of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony and lewdness involving a child, a class A misdemeanor. He was originally arrested May 19, 2014, after several teenage girls claimed he sexually abused them.

During Monday’s court appearance, state attorney Jacob Gordon said prosecutors have an expert witness who is still looking at evidence in the case and wouldn’t be ready for a four-day trial, scheduled to begin July 28.

Judge Brandon Maynard said he was reluctant to move the trial again, noting the victims and their families were growing impatient and wanted to see the case resolved. He said given the circumstances the trial would be rescheduled to begin October 20. He also ordered both parties to appear again in court September 28 for a final pre-trial conference.

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