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BREAKING: Teets found not guilty on all countsSubmitted: 04/28/2017

VILAS COUNTY - 7:23 p.m.-- A Vilas County man walked free Friday night after facing sex assault charges.

After about three hours of deliberation, a jury decided Rodney Teets was not guilty of three felony sexual assault counts.





6:30 p.m. -- Rodney Teets, 36, testified in his own defense Friday, facing three counts of felony sexual assault with a dangerous weapon.  Teets cried at times, but claims the sex was never forced. 

A 19-year-old woman accusing him claims Teets assaulted her at knife point in July 2015.


Teets has never denied having sex with the woman. He admitted to the court that he cheated on his wife.

"Did she ever tell you no, stop, don't during the course of what occurred?" defense attorney Steven Lucareli asked Teets.

"Never," Teets replied.

Teets testified the sex was the result of a bet made while driving with his accuser that night. He testified he
regrets taking that bet.

"I betrayed my wife for a $20 bet," Teets said through tears.

During cross examination, prosecutors asked Teets why he brought up new details about the night in his second police interview. According to Teets, the second interview was the last interview.

"Here's the thing," Teets said. "I've been interviewed twice throughout this investigation."

Prosecutors asked Teets if he was aware at the time that the woman allegedly wanted Teets to be a donor so she could have a baby, which is what the defense pointed to in its argument on Thursday.

"After being out with your wife waiting at home, it's a good idea to have unprotected sex with this woman who's dying to have your baby?" assistant attorney general Devra Ayala asked Teets.

"I said it hasn't been my best decision," Teets replied.

Later, Judge Leon Stenz allowed jurors to ask questions. One asked if Teets was right-handed or left-handed. Teets said he's right-handed and testified his knife never left his right side pocket that night.

When the defense called the woman accusing Teets back to the stand, she testified he held the knife in his left hand at points during the alleged assault.

Story By: Stephanie Haines

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