Judge says sealed records in sex trafficking case make jury pool impartial; trial date set | Local News


BEAVER CITY — An Oxford man charged in an ongoing Furnas County sex trafficking case has been denied a change of venue for his upcoming trial.

Judge David Urbom denied and overruled William J. Quinn’s amended motion for a change of venue for his trial set to begin June 14.

William J. Quinn

William J. Quinn

Quinn, 57, of Oxford faces five counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child, two counts of human sex trafficking of a minor, three counts of manufacturing-visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct, two counts of possession-visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct, two counts of enticement by electronic communication device and one count of child abuse.

He pleaded not guilty to all 15 counts in September.

In April, Quinn appeared in Furnas County District Court with his attorney Joseph L. Howard of Omaha. Howard argued the amount of pretrial “pervasive and prejudicial” publicity and media coverage won’t allow for Quinn to have a fair trial, and the small population of Furnas County would make it difficult to seat an impartial jury.

Howard entered 22 exhibits of evidence supporting his argument. Quinn’s legal team hired an independent company who searched his name on television, radio and internet postings from Jan. 1, 2020, to Feb. 4, 2021. The search showed the number of unique visitors and page views of the postings.


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