Tainted Jury Delays Accused Urine Drinker's Trial

Judge: Jurors Discussed Case

The second trial for a man accused of drinking the urine of an 8-year-old girl and sexually assaulting her was postponed after a judge determined the jury pool had been tainted.

Joseph S. Cardillo, 50, received a mistrial last October when a jury hearing his case couldn't reach a verdict. He has remained in custody since then.

On Monday, Boulder County District Court Judge Gwyneth Whalen reset the trial for Aug. 16 after finding that prospective jurors were discussing the case when they should not have been, according to the Boulder Daily Camera newspaper.

Cardillo was accused of spending time in the nude with the girl and using a sex toy on her. He also is accused of drinking her urine from his cupped hands as she urinated.

During his first trial, Cardillo testified that he received "urine therapy" training in India and that he attending nudist schools. He said he was never aroused or gratified by anything he did with the girl.

Cardillo and the girl's mother met at a Hare Krishna gathering in Boulder.

Cardillo could face life in prison if convicted of sexual assault on a child by person in a position of trust.