A 14-year-old girl who was allegedly sexually abused by a man since she was 6 years old until she was 11 took the witness stand yesterday at the start of the defendant’s jury trial in Superior Court.
Assistant public defender Matthew Meyer, counsel for 45-year-old suspect Donald Ayuyu Hocog, will continue cross-examining the girl today, Wednesday, at 8:15am.
Hocog is on trial for sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree.
After the parties’ opening statements, assistant attorney general Margo Brown started calling in witnesses, including the alleged victim.
The girl was smiling at the start of her testimony but soon cried while describing the incident when Hocog allegedly raped her at a house in Kagman when she was just 6 years old.
She stated that Hocog raped her five times and that the last one was in 2011.
The girl recalled that Hocog would tell her not to make any sound or he would hurt her with his belt.
“I felt scared and bad,” she said.
The girl said she told the police about the rape when she ran away from home in March 2013. She said a Division of Youth Services staff then interviewed her about the sexual abuse.
In her opening statements, Brown said the now 14-year-old girl had kept a dark secret for years—a secret she was scared to tell anyone—that she was sexually abused by Hocog in a span of five years.
Brown said that on March 13, 2013, the teenager finally had the courage to tell the police what happened to her when she ran away from home.
For the defense’s opening statement, Meyer said the only evidence in this case is the word of the teenager, who was 13 when she ran away from home in March.
Meyer said she ran away because she wanted to be with her boyfriend. He said the girl’s statements were inconsistent as she changed her stories.
Meyer mentioned at least twice the girl’s alleged statement that another person also sexually abused her, but Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho struck that statement.
Police said on March 13, 2013, a Division of Youth Services representative interviewed the then 13-year-old girl who confessed that Hocog began sexually abusing her when she was 6 years old. The last incident allegedly happened in 2011.