- Cullman, Alabama

December 5, 2012

Sex charges dismissed for former Ala. prosecutor

Associated Press

MOBILE, Ala. — A judge has dismissed child sex charges against a former Mobile County prosecutor who handled child sex crimes.

WKRG-TV reports that a judge threw out the case against Steve Giardini. He was charged with attempting to entice a child.

An FBI agent posed as a 15-year-old girl in Internet chat rooms and had phone conversations with Giardini for more than three months.

During a 2011 trial, Giardini’s attorney said conversations with the agent may have been inappropriate, but they were not illegal.

A judge declared a mistrial after a jury deliberated for hours and failed to deliver a verdict.