James City man acquitted of sex charge involving pre-teen girl
WILLIAMSBURG — A James City man accused of molesting a pre-teen girl was acquitted by a jury on a charge of forcible sodomy Monday in Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court.

Allegations of sexual abuse against Jonathan Gavin Bonnett, 32, in 2008 led to him being indicted in March of this year on the felony charge. The now-16-year-old girl testified that the alleged incident occurred sometime during the 2008-09 school year at a home in James City County, but she said she told no one about it until September 2013.

After an hour of deliberations, the jury of seven men and five women returned a not guilty verdict in the first of Bonnett’s two trials. Bonnett also was indicted on a charge of aggravated sexual battery of a child younger than age 13 in connection with a separate accusation involving the girl’s younger sister.

Defense attorney Pat Kelley said following the verdict that the allegation is an easy one to make, a hard case to prove and an even harder case to disprove.

“The jury listened to the evidence,” he said. “It didn’t amount to proof beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Bonnett was scheduled to face trial Wednesday on the aggravated sexual battery charge, but the case was continued. A new date has not been set.

“My client adamantly denies it,” Kelley said of the allegation in that case. “We’re going to defend that case vigorously.”

Robertson can be reached by phone at 757-345-2342.