Massey Rushed To Hospital After Guilty Verdict

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Moments after his conviction on child sexual assault charges, Jon Massey was rushed to the hospital from the Jefferson County Court House after trying to harm himself.

County Sheriff John Burns said he was told a court officer saw Massey put something in his mouth.

According to Burns, the deputy sheriff who was there to transport Massey to jail said Massey was acting strangely.

Burns said the deputy questioned Massey, who said he had taken cyanide.

Defense lawyer Sal Piemonte told 7 News he heard that Massey took a handful of pills and collapsed.

"Mr. Massey does have an extensive history of severe depression and suicidal ideations and it certainly was a concern of mine and a concern of others," said Piemonte.

However, Piemonte said he had spoken at length with Massey and thought the situation was under control.

"I'm pretty shocked," he said.

Massey had been on trial for having sexual contact with a girl under the age of 13 between January and April 2010.

The 52 year old Watertown man was found guilty Friday on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual act and two counts of second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child.

"He was stoic. I asked him if he was okay. He assured me that he was," said Piemonte.  "I didn't see anything that would have led me to believe that he would have done this."

Massey's bail was revoked and he was set to be transported to the Jefferson County Jail when the incident at the courthouse occurred.

He was taken to Samaritan Medical Center and was listed in critical condition early Friday evening.

Massey faces 5 to 25 years in prison when he's sentenced April 18.

Saturday, October 25, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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