Alleged teen victim testifies in sex abuse case
By MELISSA MARTIN / WCNC
E-mail Melissa: MMartin@WCNC.com
February 13, 2008
GASTONIA, N.C. – The teenage girl who was allegedly sexually assaulted by a former church deacon testified against him Tuesday.
Prosecutors say the victim’ parents considered Paul Shives family. They’ve known each other for years. Shives was a deacon at New Hope Baptist Church in Gastonia.
The girl, who is now 14, testified that she trusted Shives. She said the two often text messaged. She said sometimes he sent her gifts and sometimes they slept in the same bed. She testified Shives touched her inappropriately on numerous occasions beginning at age 9.
“I woke up in the middle of the night to him massaging my back and my stomach. I woke up and I didn’t say anything and I didn’t move. I didn’t want him to know I was awake,” the girl said of an alleged incident in 2006. “He started kissing on my calves and my thighs and I kicked him. I expected him to stop and he didn’t.”
Prosecutors played a tape of a recorded conversation between the girl and Shives.
The girl also testified she and a friend played truth or dare with Shives, and the girl took off her clothes after Shives dared her. The girl eventually confided in her chorus teacher who also took the stand.
In cross examination, Shives’ attorney tried to point out inconsistencies in the girl’s statements. The defense is expected to begin its case later this week.
A number of Shives’ friends were in the courtroom wearing stickers in support. The judge asked the people to remove the stickers so they would not sway the jury.
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