BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A prosecutor acknowledged multiple witnesses have testified Jaime Mora is a excellent guy, anyone who has used his life creating a sound status as a tricky-operating worker and loving spouse and father.
But the crimes Mora is accused of committing aren’t the kind that occur in public or would usually be witnessed by mates or spouse and children, Nick Lackie advised the jury for the duration of closing arguments Thursday in Mora’s child molestation trial.
Those people who sexually abuse kids isolate their victims, Lackie reported. Ordinarily, the only witnesses are the perpetrator and the little one.
“You can be a baby molester and a be a superior husband,” Lackie stated. “You can even be a child molester and be a very good father.”
He questioned the jury to return guilty verdicts on 4 felony costs alleging the 55-yr-previous Mora sexually abused a person lady beginning when she was 4 and a further when she was 14. The alleged crimes transpired extra than a decade back.
Mora’s lawyer, Kyle J. Humphrey, urged jurors not to soar to conclusions. He pointed out discrepancies among what the alleged victims — now each grownups — said compared to the testimony of other witnesses.
In unique, Humphrey pointed out, the two men and women the accusers identified as possessing witnessed the abuse denied at any time seeing Mora act inappropriately.
“The prosecution’s case does not get to past a realistic question,” the level required for a prison conviction, Humphrey explained to the jury.
The jury obtained the circumstance all-around 3:30 p.m. and will continue on deliberating Monday. The courtroom has been darkish on Fridays through the trial.
The allegations against Mora surfaced in September 2019 when a woman advised law enforcement her daughter experienced appear ahead immediately after a different relative, now in her 30s, alleged Mora molested her when she was a teen, in accordance to court docket documents.
The daughter told police Mora manufactured her watch pornographic videos and asked her inappropriate thoughts about her system when she was 4. She stated he consistently sexually abused her about the next handful of decades and gave her candy to maintain her tranquil.
Mora was arrested pursuing a phone call recorded by investigators in which he admitted to the abuse and requested the woman for forgiveness.
In his closing argument, Humphrey reported people today falsely admit to carrying out anything all the time. Prisons are loaded with folks who admitted to crimes they hardly ever dedicated, he stated.
When Mora took that cellphone simply call, he experienced just lately returned from a family vacation to Mexico and did not know what to make of the accusations lobbed at him, Humphrey stated. Mora told the lady what she required to listen to, the lawyer mentioned. It does not make it legitimate.
On rebuttal, Lackie claimed none of the excuses Humphrey created clarify why an individual would acknowledge to molesting a little one if they did not do it.