Alan Wirkkala not guilty on some sex charges


NEWPORT — A Newport man has been found not guilty on some of the charges alleging he sexually molested children, after a second trial wrapped up late last week.

Alan Wirkkala, 51, went on trial on seven counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault in Newport, and was found not guilty on two of the counts, with the jury deadlocking on the other charges.

This was Wirkkala’s second trial on charges related to the case; in June, a different jury could not reach a verdict on 17 charges, resulting in a hung jury.

Wirkkala was arrested almost a year ago on multiple charges alleging rape and molestation of two children, one as young as 9, in Claremont between 1987 and 1991.

A third victim was identified in the weeks that followed, and Wirkkala was subsequently charged with molesting that child when the victim was 11, according to court records.

Then, in November, Wirkkala was indicted on charges related to a fourth alleged victim. Those charges allege Wirkkala sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl in a cemetery sometime in 2012 in various manners, according to court records.

New indictments allege he molested one of the Claremont children prior to the acts laid out in the original charges, starting when the child was 5 years old.