A Carbon County jury panel found a Palmerton man not guilty of simple assault this week following a two-day trial.

Brad A. Kresge, 25, was charged by Palmerton police for an incident on Nov. 1, 2009, in a parking lot outside Cindy's Rusty Nail bar, 939 Mauch Chunk Road.

He was accused of assaulting Shannon Lacey during what was described as a "bar fight." Kresge denied the allegations saying that Lacey was the aggressor and that there were others involved in the fight at the time.

The trial began Tuesday and ended about 4 p.m. on Wednesday when the panel of 10 men and two women announced their verdict.

Presiding Judge Steven R. Serfass found Kresge not guilty of summary charges of harassment and disorderly conduct also filed in the case.