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Niagara County jury finds man guilty of attacking Japanese tourist

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Posted at 5:35 PM, Jan 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-20 17:35:14-05

A jury has found a man guilty of attacking a Japanese tourist in a Niagara Falls park.

A Niagara County Court jury reached the verdict Friday, one day after beginning deliberations in the robbery, sexual abuse and assault trial of 44-year-old Robert MacLeod, of Niagara Falls.

Prosecutors say MacLeod attacked Koyuki Nakahara in Niagara Falls State Park after she asked him for directions on Christmas night in 2015, when she was traveling with a Japanese tour group.

Nakahara testified this week that MacLeod punched her and molested her. The media generally doesn't identify people who say they are victims of sexual abuse, but Nakahara has previously discussed her case publicly.

MacLeod testified he had a confrontation with another woman, not Nakahara.