Jury begins deliberating in child sex case


Jury deliberations are scheduled to begin Friday in the trial of Jon Heely, former director of music publishing for Disney, who in February was ordered to stand trial on charges of lewd acts with a child.

After a four-day trial at the San Fernando Superior Court — two days for prosecutors, two days for the defense — wrapped up Thursday with closing arguments presented in the morning.

“Jury deliberations begin at 9 a.m. (Friday),” Ricardo Santiago, spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, said Thursday afternoon.

Jonathan Blake Heely, 58, of Santa Clarita, was held to answer Feb. 28 for three felony counts of lewd act upon a child and one misdemeanor count of child molesting.

Heely is charged with sexually assaulting female family members who were between the ages of 11 and 16 at the time of the alleged offenses, according to evidence presented at the preliminary hearing.

The alleged abuse took place between 2006-10, according to the criminal complaint.

If convicted as charged, Heely faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years and four months in state prison.

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