Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael D. O’Keefe announced today that the Massachusetts Appeals Court affirmed the conviction of William Snowden. Snowden was found guilty after a jury trial in Barnstable District Court on one count of Indecent Assault and Battery on a Person Fourteen or Over.
The defendant owned Hawk’s Wing Farm in Yarmouth. The property included a greenhouse, farmer’s market, and a petting zoo. The defendant hired local high school students to work on his farm.
An employee made a report to police that the defendant indecently touched her during only three weeks of part-time employment. Snowden was found guilty after a jury trial, and sentenced to four months in the Barnstable House of Correction and required to register as a sex offender.
The defendant argued on appeal that the evidence was insufficient to establish Indecent Assault and Battery. The Court held the victim did not consent to the touching. The Court noted the significant age difference between the defendant and the victim, as well as the employer/employee relationship. The Court also affirmed the denial of the defendant’s Motion for a New Trial.
The trial and motion were handled by Assistant District Attorney Michelle Groff. The appeal was handled by Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Sweeney.