Post found guilty of six counts of sexual misconduct against a child

OBSERVER Photo by Gregory Bacon Dustin Post is escorted to his seat in Chautauqua County Court by deputies Friday.

MAYVILLE – A jury on Friday convicted Dustin Post, 27, on six of nine charges regarding sexual misconduct against a child. Five children testified in court that they were sexually abused by Post when they were ages 3 to 11 years old.

Sentencing is scheduled for April 10 at 1:30 p.m.

The jury began deliberating Thursday afternoon and continued Friday.

Friday morning after an hour of deliberations, the jury requested a transcript of a girl who was from Dunkirk that was abused by Post when she was 5 years old. The jury also requested the video of Post being interviewed by police be played back when he talked about abusing that girl.

Then in the afternoon they asked for another transcript read back of a different girl who testified about being abused. They also requested one of the indictments to be reread. That took about 20 minutes.

Fifteen minutes later, the jury had announced they had reached their verdict.

The case was prosecuted by District Attorney Jason Schmidt and Assistant District Attorney Tracey Brunecz.

Post was represented by Public Defender Nathaniel Barone.

Jury selection took seven days and the trial began Jan. 26. Along with the five victims, the prosecution brought forth three mothers, two investigators and a computer analyst over a four-day period. The defense did not bring forth any witnesses and Post himself did not take the witness stand.

Post was sentenced in February 2022 to 50 years in prison after being convicted on federal charges of production and possession of child pornography. He has remained in the Chautauqua County Jail for these charges involving several children. The trial began Thursday, Jan. 26.

This story will be updated with reactions from the courthouse.


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