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Summit County: Round three of Flint trial set for January

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Editor’s Note: Child pornography charges were eventually dismissed.

Summit County Courts set a third trial for Dennis Flint, a local former CEO charged with two felony counts of possession of child pornography to begin Jan. 14, 2011.

Flint’s two previous trials on the charges both ended in mistrials caused by hung juries, the first in June, the second on Oct. 22.

District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said the prosecution is considering a motion for a change of venue for the third trial. A motions hearing is set for Dec. 6.

“It’s something that we are looking at at this point,” Hurlbert said. “It really comes down to believing that the community’s pretty divided on this. There were two juries, a portion of each of the juries thought he was not guilty and a portion of the jury thought he was guilty and wouldn’t budge either way. (It) showed that people are pretty divided. So maybe moving it to another county, people wouldn’t be so divided.”

Hurlbert said the prosecution had not yet determined whether new evidence or witnesses would be introduced at the upcoming trial.

If convicted, Flint could face two to six years in prison as well as a fine of up to $5,000 for each charge.

Flint declined to comment while trial proceedings are ongoing.

Flint was arrested in 2009 after an FBI investigation found graphic sexual images of children on computer hard drives in the Flint home in July of 2006. The FBI was tipped off by Flint’s now ex-wife, Dawn, who installed hidden software that captured screen images on the family’s computer.

Senior Judge Terry Ruckriegle, who presided over the first two trials will likely preside over the third as well.

Before his arrest, Flint was CEO of High Country Health Care. After graduating from Summit High School he attended the U.S. Air Force Academy and later served in the Air Force as a pilot. He has never been convicted of a felony.

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