For the second time in four months, a Burlington man is on trial in Des Moines Country District Court on felony charges he molested a child beginning when she was 12 years old.

Eric Hillman's first trial in April ended in a mistrial when the jury deadlocked with 11 voting guilty and one not guilty, according to a note sent by the jury foreman to District Judge Mary Ann Brown, who presided over the first trial.

Hillman, 37, 1318 N. Ninth St., has remained free on a $20,000 cash bond he posted a few days after his arrest in April 2017 and has been free since. As part of his bond, he is to have no contact with the alleged victim in the case until further order of the court.

He is charged with two counts of third-degree sexual abuse, class C felonies punishable by up to 10 years in prison on each count. If convicted, he will also have to register as a sexual offender for the remainder of his life.

Des Moines County Attorney Amy Beavers and James Beres, Hillman's public defender, spent most of Tuesday selecting a jury. Beavers replaced Todd Chelf, an assistant Des Moines County attorney, who prosecuted Hillman's first trial. Chelf recently left the county attorney's office for another prosecutoral position in another Iowa county attorney's office.

In Hillman's first trial last April, the jury foreman sent a note to Brown indicating they were not going to be able to reach a verdict.

“We are at a standstill and feel we can’t move forward at this point,” according to a note the jury sent to Brown announcing the deadlock.

The jury foreman’s note said they were deadlocked at 11 guilty to one not guilty on the first sex abuse charge and nine for guilty and three for not guilty on the second abuse charge. After receiving the note, Brown called the jury back into the courtroom and urged them to try and reach a verdict. About an hour later, the jury sent out a second note saying they tried, but could not reach a unanimous decision.

During his first trial, Hillman was called to the witness stand by Beres. While on the witness stand, Hillman repeatedly denied the accusation of the child, who he met through a member of her family.

It is the second time he has faced sex abuse charges in Des Moines County District Court.

According to court records, Hillman was charged in October 2003 with third-degree sexual assault involving a teenage girl, who became pregnant. The charges against him were dismissed a month later after the girl left the area and refused to cooperate with prosecutors.

The victim in that case is not the same girl identified as the victim in the case being tried this week.

The three-day trial is scheduled to resume today at 9 a.m. before District Judge Michael Schilling, who is the presiding judge in this trial.