PARK CITY — An investigator with the Uintah County Attorney's Office was acquitted Wednesday of tampering with potential jurors during a high-profile case.
A jury took five minutes to find Jayson L. Chamberlain, 38, of Roosevelt, not guilty, said his attorney, Ed Brass. Brass said the brevity of the jury's deliberation "implies a complete rejection of the charge."
Chamberlain was charged last July in Summit County's 3rd District Court with tampering with a juror, a third-degree felony.1 comment on this story
On Dec. 12, 2017, jury selection began for the case of three men accused of raping a 9-year-old girl near Vernal in 2016. The case had been moved from Uintah County to Summit County. Chamberlain "was an investigator for the prosecuting agency" and also a potential witness for the state, according to charging documents.
Court documents alleged Chamberlain spoke to potential jurors as they waited in a courthouse lobby and he was accused of trying to improperly learn things from the jurors that would be helpful during the selection process and trial.
He was placed on paid administrative leave while the Utah State Bureau of Investigation looked into the incident. His job status as of Wednesday was unclear.
Jurors found Chamberlain not guilty after a trial that began on Tuesday, according to court documents.