LC courthouse

The bench trial of an Albany man accused of two counts of first-degree sodomy started in Linn County Circuit Court on Tuesday.

Timothy Alan Vinton, 69, has opted to have Judge Daniel Murphy listen to the evidence and deliver a verdict rather than a 12-member jury.

The trial is scheduled to conclude on Wednesday.

The crimes allegedly occurred between January 1999 and January 2002, and the accuser was a girl who was preschool and elementary-school aged at the time.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case, and Vinton was arraigned on an indictment in April 2018.