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Slagle Testifies in Aggravated Sexual Assault Against Him

The man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl over the course of several years testified in his defense on Monday afternoon.
The man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl over the course of several years testified in his defense on Monday afternoon.

Raymond Slagle, 66, waived his Fifth Amendment rights and sat on the witness stand for about an hour answering questions about his life and his relationship with the alleged victim.

Slagle is charged with three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency with a child by contact.

He has pleaded not guilty to all counts.

On Monday, Slagle testified he has been around children his entire life and has never been accused of anything like this.

He says even though he and the victim had spent some time alone at his home over the years, he never kissed, fondled or touched her inappropriately.

Prosecutors asked Slagle why the victim would sit on the witness stand, point at him and say he did all those things to her to which Slagle responded, "I don't know".

Prosecutors also showed the jury a 75 minute video of the victim recounting instances of alleged abuse to a Patsy's House official.

The now 16 year old victim says the abuse took place from when she was six until she was 13. 

Last week, another girl also testified Slagle molested her for several years beginning at age five.

In addition, defense attorneys called three character witnesses to testify.

Slagle's wife of 45 years, his son and a niece all testified they never saw or heard of him being inappropriate around children. 

Both sides have rested and closing arguments are set to start tomorrow at 8:30 a.m.
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