BISMARCK, N.D. - After lengthy deliberations, a jury found the Deputy U.S. Marshal charged for recording women and girls in store fitting rooms guilty of 10 out of his 21 charges, mainly surreptitious intrusion.
Rivera was acquitted of his 11 charges related to minors in the case.
Victims' parents say they are disappointed, but believe the jury did the best it could with the laws they had to work with.
Two parents say they're saddened by the lesser verdict for 29-year-old Michael Rivera. One father says he wishes there was already a law in place to better convict anyone who films a sexual advancement on minors.
"Do find the defendant Michael David Rivera not guilty of the crime of attempt to promote a sexual performance by a minor."
Sighs echoed through the court as Judge Thomas Schneider read the eleven not guilty entries for Michael Rivera's 21 charges.
When asked about the jury's verdict, one victim's mother said: "I am very saddened by the verdict but I believe the jurors did the very best they could with what they had to work with. The law is very poorly written, and minors can be horribly exploited because of North Dakota laws."
The jury found Rivera guilty of all misdemeanor charges related to adults in case, mostly surreptitious intrusion. A victim's father stated he was also disappointed with the result, but that the jury struggled with the language of the law Rivera was found not guilty of breaking.
"What it seemed the jury struggled with was the definition of sexual conduct. The way the statute is written, the defendants' conduct slipped through the cracks," said Assistant State's Attorney Julie Lawyer.
Lawyer went on to say because the minors were in fitting rooms, the jury didn't determine their behavior as lewd. She says there could be possible changes to the law in the future because of this case.
Rivera also faces sentencing in federal court for attempted receipt of materials involving sexual exploitation of minors. He could face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison for this.