Prosecutor: Sodomy victim, 9, woke to 'nightmare'

tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 10, 2014 


A 9-year-old Columbus girl woke up to an “evil nightmare” at a sleepover the morning of March 20, 2012, a prosecutor told the jury Tuesday in Carlton Steve McKissic’s child molestation trial.

Assistant District Attorney Wesley Lambertus said McKissic overnight had brought the girl and two friends, ages 10 and 13, cans of Natural Light beer before they fell asleep watching a movie. Then he crawled into bed with them, forced sodomy upon the 9-year-old and fondled all three girls, Lambertus said.

The girl who was 9 in 2012 is 11 years old now. She testified the girls poured the Natural Light beer McKissic brought them out the window while he was out of the room.

He returned in about 15 minutes and started the movie they watched until they dozed off, she said.

When she later awoke, she testified McKassic was sodomizing her.

“Do you think about what happened?” Lambertus asked her.

“I try not to,” she said.

She said she left the bedroom and walked to where McKissic’s wife had fallen asleep watching TV on a couch. The girl asked to call her mother, but McKissic’s wife said her cellphone was dead, she testified.

She and another girl, then 13, fell asleep on another couch in the room with the wife, she said.

After they got up to walk to school, one girl’s mother drove by to give them a ride, and they told her what happened, she said.

The mother took them back to McKissic’s house and called police.

The girl said McKissic wasn’t there when they returned. He earlier had told them he got a phone call about a friend who was hit and killed by an automobile, so he had to leave, she said.

A 12-year-old girl who was 10 at the time testified she remembered McKissic “touching all over me” while he was in bed with the three girls.

McKissic’s attorney is Robin King of the public defender’s office, who hammered on inconsistencies in the girls’ accounts, implying they were angry at McKissic because he’d become upset when they stayed up too late and got into a “baby-oil fight” in the bedroom.

The two girls testifying Tuesday denied concocting their stories just to punish McKissic.

Now 37, McKissic faces charges of aggravated sodomy, aggravated child molestation and three counts each of child molestation and furnishing alcohol to minors.

He has been in trouble with the law before: His wife testified he used to beat her, and she on four occasions had to call police for protection.

Lambertus said he intends to introduce evidence of McKissic’s prior arrests. According to court documents, those previous arrests in Muscogee County include:

• Aggravated assault on March 18, 2006.

• Simple battery (family violence) on April 17, 2006.

• Simple battery (family violence) on May 29, 2006.

• Theft by bringing stolen property into the state on Aug. 7, 2007.

• Terroristic threats (family violence) on March 22, 2008.

• Simple assault (family violence) on July 24, 2011.

Another court filing shows McKissic in Russell County, Ala., was convicted June 30, 1994, of first-degree burglary, third-degree larceny and third-degree robbery.

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