The case against a Perryville man accused of child molestation was declared a mistrial by Judge Michael Gardner after a Cape Girardeau County jury deliberated for nearly four hours Wednesday after closing arguments. 46-year-old Mark Miers was charged with first-degree statutory sodomy and furnishing pornographic materials to a minor. He was arrested Oct. 6, 2014. Prosecutor Thomas Hoeh focused on the testimony of the now-11-year-old victim, who said Miers touched her genitals at least once between May 26 and July 18, 2014, in the living room of Miers’ house. The victim, unrelated to Miers, had been living with him sporadically for seven years. She testified that during the contact, Miers watched pornographic videos. Defense attorney Jason Tilley questioned Perry County sheriff’s detective Jason Klaus about his investigation. Miers denied to Klaus he molested the victim, saying, “There’s no way ever.” Miers told Klaus he had treated the victim with ointment in her bathing-suit area.