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March 5, 2014

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In his closing argument, Ingham said Boutwell was the least likely perpetrator in the abuse.

However, Barlow argued that the defendant, who by his own admission was with the victim on a daily basis, is actually the most likely to have perpetrated this crime. He continued that Boutwell was the only male with opportunity at the time, who the victim trusted as a father. Barlow also pointed out that what can be seen of the male body in the explicit photographs of the victim does match the defendant’s basic body type.

“Mr. Ingham said he does not have the answer to why (the victim) said Mr. Boutwell did it. Well the reason is because he did do it,” Barlow said.

In cross examination, Barlow asked Boutwell about a plastic covering on the home’s windows. Boutwell told the court that the victim’s mother asked he put them in to keep in the cool air. However, in one of his two closing statements, Barlow offered another reason for the coverings.

“He didn’t want people to see what he was doing to (the victim),” Barlow said.

The defense tried to show that other men could have been in the house with the victim. In his testimony, Boutwell indicated that he eventually learned the alleged victim’s mother had other male friends visit and stay the night when he was not there. Ingham said in his closing statement that perhaps one of them abused the girl.

“I submit there was a revolving door for men in that home,” Ingham said.

However, Barlow dismissed that idea in his second closing statement. He asked the jurors to consider how many men they may have in their home for one reason or another. He also added that it had not been definitely proven that these men were in relationships with the victim’s mother.

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