It is reported that members of the Michael Jackson jury suspected that he was guilty of child abuse, but did not have enough evidence to find him guilty of the trial charges.
Two of the jury are quoted as saying that Jackson had probably molested young boys, who were guests at his Neverland ranch, in the past.
Raymond Hultman said:
"I feel that Michael Jackson probably has molested boys. I cannot believe that this man could sleep in the same bedroom for 365 straight days and not do something more than just watch television and eat popcorn. I mean, that doesn't make sense to me. But that doesn't make him guilty of the charges that were presented in this case and that's where we had to make our decision. That's not to say he's an innocent man. He's just not guilty of the crimes he's been charged with."
The jury foreman, Paul Rodriguez, also said that he had not ruled out that Jackson had abused boys.
"The allegations of past abuse were considered credible to some extent. There are not too many grown men we know that would sleep with children but we had to base it on the evidence presented to us. There were a lot of things lacking."
One juror summed up the feelings of many people, not just the jury, in relation to the idea of letting children sleep with a middle aged man.
"As a parent you spend every moment of your day protective of what happens to your children. What kind of mother in her right mind would allow that to happen, to freely volunteer your child to sleep with anyone, not just Michael Jackson, but anyone?"