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May 2017 sexual assault charges against local man dismissed


February 22, 2018

A prosecutor last week dismissed sexual assault charges against a Petersburg man who was accused last spring of raping a woman.

On May 11, 2017 a grand jury indicted Kenneth L. Birch, 36, on two counts of sexual assault, one in the first degree and one in the second degree.

Birch pleaded not guilty to the charges. The trial in this case was scheduled to start next week. Assistant District Attorney Amanda Browning dismissed the charges on Feb. 14.

On Wednesday, a representative from Browning’s office said the district attorney was not available to comment.

Assistant Public Defender Jay...

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