• After three years of delays, sex assault case finally goes to trial

    by  • February 28, 2013 • News

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    Keith R. Kirgan

    After more than 3-years of delays, a 49-year-old Salem man is due in court today for a bench trial before Judge Michael McHaney, for felony sexual assault charges.

    Keith R. Kirgan was originally charged in Marion County Court back in April of 2009, with criminal sexual assault of a person unable to consent, aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a person between the ages of 13 and 18 with whom he had a position of trust and criminal sexual abuse of a person unable to consent.

    Then public defender Ericka sanders was initially appointed to represent Kirgan, but following her appointment to the bench, the case was assigned to Centralia attorney Eddie Veltman, who remained on the case until April 2011, when circumstances led to his withdrawal from the case.

    Now represented by Salem attorney Steve Quinn, the case has continued to languish through ongoing hearings and continuances, the most recent in December when an earlier scheduled bench trial was continued until today.

    Kirgan has been free on $10,000 bond since June of 2010, after earlier attempts to have his $100,000 bail reduced were unsuccessful.