UPDATE with quotes: A Los Angeles Superior Court jury has found actor and former acting coach Cameron Thor guilty of having engaged in lewd conduct with a child under the age of 14. The verdict came after just more than a full day of deliberations following the end of the trial, which began August 17.
Thor left the Van Nuys, CA courtroom in handcuffs after the verdict was read. He was visibly upset, and both families wept quietly on opposite sides of the courtroom as the decision came down. As he was taken away, he mouthed to his family, “I love you.”
His sentencing is set for October 9. He faces up to 13 years in state prison.
“Obviously I’m disappointed and surprised by the verdict, but I respect the decision of the jury and the hard work they put into this case,” Thor’s attorney James Blatt said today. “There will be an appeal.”
Thor did not testify in his behalf during the trial. “That was a technical decision by the defense,” Blatt said. “I don’t believe it would have been in his best interest. But hindsight is 20-20. That’s in the past. Now we’re focusing on the sentencing and the appeal.”
Thor originally faced 13 counts, including kidnapping and aggravated assault, on one of his students, Jordyn Ladell, in 2009 when she was a 13-year-old eighth grader. She claimed he sexually assaulted her in his car during a drive in the Santa Monica Mountains. All but one of the charges had been dropped by the District Attorney.
The jury as well as Ladell and her family left the courtroom by a side door after the verdict.
Thor is also an actor who appeared in Windtalkers, Jurassic Park, A Few Good Men and Hook and on TV in The Net and Star Trek: The Next Generation. He had taught acting to teens and others in Studio City, CA via the Carter Thor Studio. The case came to the D.A.’s office by way of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau.