A federal jury reached a verdict today, Tuesday, finding former school principal Thomas Weindl not guilty of the charges that he accessed child pornography websites using a Public School System-issued laptop.
After deliberating since Thursday afternoon, the 12 jurors rendered a unanimous not guilty verdict against the 68-year-old Weindl as to the charges of one count of attempted receipt of child pornography and one count of access with intent to view child pornography.
U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona ordered the immediate release of Weindl from the custody of the U.S. Marshal.
The trial began on Jan. 28. David Banes served as defense counsel for Weindl. Assistant U.S. attorney Rami Badawy prosecuted the case with the assistance of assistant U.S. attorney Garth Backe.
More details to follow.