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March 4, 2014

UPDATE: State rests case in Boutwell trial

CLINTON — Assistant Clinton County Attorney Ross Barlow rested his case against Jason Boutwell, 33, Tuesday afternoon, after his alleged 12-year-old victim testified.

Boutwell currently faces seven counts of second-degree sexual abuse and 60 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. The state alleges that between February 2006 and January 2012, he sexually abused and exploited the victim.

Fidgeting in her seat and wrapping her arms in front of her, the alleged victim testified in a small voice. After identifying pictures of herself in sexual positions and performing sexual acts, the girl told Barlow that she does not remember a time in which Boutwell, who she used to call Dad, lived with them that the abuse was not occurring.

Clinton County Sheriff’s Deputy Jessup Schroeder told the court Monday that the defendant said he had been in a relationship with the girl’s mother since the victim was a year old. In that same testimony, Schroeder told the court that Boutwell admitted to using a “guest computer” in the house and downloading programs onto it.

In his cross examination of Schroeder on Tuesday morning, defense attorney Bruce Ingham had the witness confirm that he has training in questioning a witness with the hope of getting information one would be hesitant to disclose. From the questioning, Schroeder testified that Boutwell did cooperate with him and speak with him, even though he did not have to. Ingham asked if Boutwell maintained his innocence to any allegations of sexual abuse, to which Schroeder responded with a “yes.”

As to the computer that Boutwell admitted using, Ingham asked Schroeder if anyone else used it. The witness stated that the defendant said his two young sons, a 14-year-old son of his girlfriend and her sister all used it. Later in the day, the victim testified that she knew of no one besides Boutwell who used it.

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