Crime

Trial continues for Unionville man accused of sexual assault

The trial for a Unionville man accused of underage sexual assault continued Wednesday as the defendant, Gary Cain, continued his testimony before the jury.

Cain, 43, was arrested in February after an investigation into allegations that he had sexual contact with the child of a family friend. Police reports indicated the contact had continued from when the child was 12 years old through the age of 16.

Cain continued to deny the allegations after taking the stand, pointing out that it would have been impossible for him to have visited the female during one of the alleged incidents because he was wearing a court-appointed ankle bracelet at the time that limited his movements. He further went on to claim he never had inappropriate contact with the female “at any time, any place or anywhere.”

Furthering the link between Cain’s case and the case against William Beck described by attorney Wayne Bradburn on Tuesday, Cain testified to attending the preliminary hearing for Beck in late June 2016. After the hearing, he claimed the female had been standing by his truck, laughing at him and his family.

Beck himself briefly appeared as a witness for the defense, but declined to answer any questions after pleading the fifth.

In closing arguments, both attorneys referred to apparent inconsistent statements made by witnesses on both sides.

In his argument, Bradburn reminded the jury of the claims made by the female, noting that the “devil was in the details” and questioned how the alleged assaults could occur in a house where about nine people were living in. He further argued that, logically, the claims didn’t make sense as the female continued to agree to be alone with Cain after having allegedly been assaulted several times.

The claims were not a “figment of her imagination,” Bradburn said, “but are a byproduct of manipulation.”

The prosecution was quick to point out inconsistencies in the defense during closing arguments, saying that while the female was allegedly manipulated into making claims about Cain, Cain was manipulating the girl himself to take advantage of her. The female acted out of fear, the prosecution said, reminding the jury of her emotional testimony the day before.

“There is only one teacher for that kind of shame and fear — experience,” the prosecutor said.

Jury deliberations have continued into the late afternoon and a decision is expected soon.

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