Keck Guilty of 29 Counts, Not Guilty on Six Counts in Sex Abuse Trial

By: WTAP Email
By: WTAP Email

After almost two full days of deliberation, Daniel Keck II was found guilty Thursday afternoon on 29 of the 35 sex related counts he was charged with.

As the bailiff read the jury's decision on each of the 35 counts, Keck simply placed his head in his hands.

In all, Keck was found guilty on 29 of the 35 counts, and not guilty on the remaining 6 counts.

That means the 12 person jury agreed he was guilty of four counts of rape, two counts of kidnapping, five counts of gross sexual imposition, two counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor, five counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor and 11 counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material.

Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Rings says he's satisfied with the results.

"Most importantly, because the counts involving the molestation of the boys, he was found guilty on those charges. So the boys came in and testified about what they experienced at his house, and the jury found him guilty on all of those charges. And those were, I think, probably the most important," says Kevin Rings, Asst. Prosecutor:

But, Keck was found not guilty on 6 other charges, including one count of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material and five counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor.

Keck's defense attorney Rolf Baumgartel says it's disappointing that the jury didn't dig a little deeper.

"It appears that the not guilty verdicts were on the internet images, which suggest the jury accepted that these boys were accessing the internet, and they were potentially accessing illegal images. It's disappointing to us that they didn't take the next step, which is that if they were accessing these images, then they were engaging in behaviors, that Dan was accused of...We're just very disappointed, obviously," says Rolf Baumgartel, Keck's defense attorney:

Keck faces up to 85 years behind bars on the rape, kidnapping and gross sexual imposition charges alone.

Baumgartel says it is likely Keck will appeal the guilty verdict.

At this point, though, he's been remanded to the Washington County Jail.

His sentencing is set for October 22nd.
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Daniel Keck II has been found guilty of 29 counts in his sex abuse trial, and not guilty of six counts.

Sentencing for Keck is set for October 22nd.

WTAP will have more details as we receive them on WTAP at Five, WTAP News at Six and on WTAP.com.

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Updated 9/10/2009 @12:55 pm

Lauren Keeling giving us results of all 30+ counts in the Daniel Keck trial. Will be posting them here momentarily.

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Update: 9/10/2009 @ 12:10pm

The jury in the Daniel Keck, II, trial has returned a verdict.

WTAP has a reporter in the courtroom who is sending us back information as quickly as possible as the various counts are read. As soon as we get them, we're posting them here.

Judge Ed Lane says it could take 45 minutes to read all the counts.

That process has begun.

We will bring it as soon as it becomes available.

Stay tuned to WTAP.com, WTAP at Five and WTAP News at Six for the very latest on this breaking story.

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Prosecutors took issue with a claim from Daniel Keck's defense...that the minors Keck is accused of sexually abusing had sexually questionable backgrounds. The state also denied a defense suggestion that Keck is actually the legal victim.

"Why would a boy, who was looking to set somebody up, to sue somebody, deny that it took place?," Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Rings asked the jurors. "Why would he be saying, 'let me tell you about this...' or make up things to make it sound worse. He didn't do that."

Keck's attorney, Rolf Baumgartel, told the jury that while Keck's actions might have been inappropriate, disturbing, and even disgusting, they weren't illegal.

"Who was that video designed for?," Baumgartel argued. "It certainly wasn't designed for public consumption. It was found in the bottom of the closet. No one had ever seen it. Was there anything about that video that was sexual? Nudity doesn't equal sexual."

A big part of the defense strategy is to question the credibility of Keck's alleged young victims...even to suggest they plotted to have him prosecuted. But the state says that, when initially questioned by police, they didn't want to talk about Keck.

"If you had to pick, would you rather be a boy who came up and said, ' nothing happened to me, I don't know what you're talking about'," Rings said. "Or the boy who had to disclose those disgusting details, in a public setting, in front of strangers and family, and then be called a liar for having done it."

Baumgartel told the jury the things Keck had at his home...things like childrens' toys and video games...were things they probably had in their own homes. in other words, he said, Keck's homes were not Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch.

Keck is charged with a total of 35 counts.

Aside from prison time...Keck could face forfeiture of his Marietta home and other property if he is convicted.


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  • by Lost in confusion Location: Ohio on Sep 11, 2009 at 07:45 PM
    I feel for all the families including Mr. Kecks. But as adults we have harden our heart to things. A child has not and to live in fear everyday and shame is so sad,,,,,,,,,,,,I do know they need to seek help! The parents are not to blame! Sickness comes in all forms. We live in a self centered world and may not of seen the signs as we were to busy. Pointing fingers and angry may of been why they did not tell. I hope if nothing else we all learned to listen to our kids and let them know they can tell you anything. protecting and keep them safe. I lost a child twice in my life once to death and once to being afraid to stand up to thier stepfathers abuse to see and be a part of their life. SO value you each and everyday and to Gram Linda and her daughter make peace as life is to short and death is forever don't let this evil damage any more families..... Linda don't feel quilty for working as I am sure if you could of been there you would of my GOD help heal your families pain and trust
  • by TRUST Location: MTTA on Sep 11, 2009 at 04:45 PM
    I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHY IS EVERYONE POINTING FINGERS AT EACH OTHER IT WAS NO ONES FAULT BUT KECKS HE IS THE ONE TO BLAME HE WAS SUPPOSE TO BE THERE TO HELP THESES CHILDREN FROM MY UNDERSTANDING, THE WHOLE CITY OF MTTA TRUSTED THIS MAN,HE WAS IN THIS BIG BROTHER PROGRAM AND THEY HOOKED HIM UP WITH ALOT OF CHILDREN AT ALL AGES, IF YOU WANT SOMEONE TO BLAME WHAT ABOUT THEM? WHY DIDNT THEY DO VISITS WITH THE KIDS AND ASK THEM QUESTIONS? WHY WOULD A PROGRAM LET SOME ONE TAKE KIDS OUT OF TOWN? THESES QUESTIONS COULD GO ON FOR DAYS, BUT THERE IS NO SCENTS THE MAN IS A MONSTER AND HOPEFULLY HE WILL PAY FOR WHAT HE DID. NOW TRUST THE GOOD LORD THAT HE WILL TAKE CARE OF THESES CHILDREN AND PEOPLE THAT WAS INVOLD AND STOP POINTING FINGERS THAT IS NOT MAKING THIS ANY BETTER. I WAS MAD AND UP SET AS YOU ALL ARE BUT I TRUST IN THE GOOD LORD TO TAKE CARE OF IT. THE FAMILY MEMBERS AND THE CHIDREN SHOULD TURN TO GOD. HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL IN CHURCH ON SUNDAY.
  • by Grandmother Linda Location: BEVERLY on Sep 11, 2009 at 02:27 PM
    I am the real Linda and I did not post those comments but I am now.......... I was working and Post the last one. I love my children I had no clue to the ones posted yesterday until a call from my daughter the one posted by Erica was thought to be my daughter we did not post them but my comment listed below is mine. after reading posting that people place on here and they can be anybody........ I am an abuse survior and know first hand the effects on my children and me. I child id to be protected and loved and I feel that I do my best to give that. I am sorry for the hurt my daughter is feeling and my grandsons. Given light on why my daughter placed the call to me I ask her to forgive my angry reply. I can't make things better as a mother is suppose to do but I will love them and keep them in my heart. I can't make it hurt any less but I can try to let them know they are loved no matter what!!!!!!!! Don't believe what you read and only have of what you see.........
  • by LInda Location: Beverly on Sep 11, 2009 at 02:00 PM
    I was working trying to make a living and there is more than meets the eye I did not stand by him nor testfy for him. I tired to stand by my children and grandchildren was denied. I love each and everyone. I know more and understand by watching and listening. I will say no more on Mr Keck's matter. I left men in my life due to abuse to my children, can they say the same!!!!!!!!!!!! How can they judge me when I do not know how I cry for the loss of understanding these children are going through. I have listen to my grandkids and some told me of abuse in their own homes and I have tired to get help and be there but my hnads are tied!!!!!!!!! AM I not to beleive them on that abuse and believe them on other???????? I try to observe and be there............ AND My heart breaks with each tear that falls from the kids eyes and my heart bleeds from failing yes failing to make my children understand there is all kinds of abuse mental and physical and those know the truth I did not back Keck!
  • by jim Location: p'burg on Sep 11, 2009 at 01:07 PM
    The world is a better place with Keck locked up. Also people, ignore Tracey and everything she says, just makes life easier to do so because she lacks any and all common sense
  • by Courtney Location: Parkersburg on Sep 11, 2009 at 12:07 PM
    Tracey you are NOT "on target". People are angry because of your foolish comments. You are making your self look ignorant. I am sitting here laughing at some of the outrageous things you are saying.
  • by parent Location: ohio on Sep 11, 2009 at 09:19 AM
    TO LINDA AND ERICA,WHAT KIND OF PERSON ARE YOU??? IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT KIND OF HOME THOSE KIDS COME FROM, WHAT DAN DONE WAS WRONG!! IF THERE PARENT DID NOT CARE AS YOU GUY PUT IT, THEN WHY WAS THOSE PARENT IN THE COURTROOM AND AT THE COURTHOUSE EVERYDAY?? THAT TO ME IS A PARENT WHO CARES!! AND LINDA YOU SAY YOUR GRANDKIDS WERE A VICTOM YOU WOULD THINK YOU WOULD BE THERE BY THERE SIDE, BUT NO YOU WERE FOR THE DEFENDENT WHAT KIND OF PARENT ARE YOU OR A GRANDMA??? MAKES ME THINK WHAT KIND OF LIFE DID YOU GIVE TO YOUR KIDS!!! A MOTHER SHOULD STAND BY HER CHILD NO MATTER WHAT! IT NOT THE PARENT OR THE KIDS TO BLAME IT THE MAN THAT WAS GUILTY!!!SAME ON YOU!!!
  • by HURT! Location: marietta on Sep 11, 2009 at 09:14 AM
    To Linda how is that you can give your opinion and advice???? Now where was you not only when your grandchilderen needed you but your daughter as well you stood by this man and not by your family so whos not got their eye's open now! I as a mother knew my place and have been where i was needed and for that i know my childeren will love me can you say the same? for me its not so easy to sweep things under a carpet and act as if nothing is wrong!!!
  • by Just Me Location: Vienna on Sep 11, 2009 at 08:02 AM
    Prison is tooooooooooo good for him!
  • by fudge on Sep 11, 2009 at 02:44 AM
    the guy si right admit where were these poor parents? did they ever ask any questions like what do you do while your at this guys house? has he ever said anything or did something strange? get a clue moron get involved in your kids life and ask them questions dont wait for something to happen then act all caring.
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