FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) Jurors heard opening arguments in a sexual abuse of a minor trial on Thursday. Fredrick Baker, 50, is charged with sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree. According to court documents, the alleged incident took place in February of 2015.
Fredrick Baker in court during his trial for allegedly sexually abusing a minor. (John Dougheryt/KTVF)
Prosecutor Sara Simpson described the crime to the jury saying that the complaining witness was at the defendant’s house when she woke up with her pants off and Baker on top of her. She was able to leave the room and go upstairs to where other people were. According to the prosecution she found a condom in her underwear the next morning. They reported the assault to the troopers and turned over the condom. According to Simpson, when troopers tested the condom, they found the complaining witness’ and Baker’s DNA on it.
“This case is going to require all of your attention, but after you listen to all of the evidence in the case and you put all of the facts together, it will be clear to you beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty,” Simpson said.
Defense attorney, Andrew Weinraub, told the jury in his opening statements that his client was innocent and that when they compare the opening statements to the closing statements at the end of the trial, they will see that the state’s argument has changed over the course of the trial. Weinraub also claimed that the state won’t call all of the witnesses with information about the case.
“You will be surprised, ladies and gentlemen, at the witnesses that have actual information in this case that the state does not present,” Weinraub said. “You will be surprised at the lack of witnesses that the state should be presenting but doesn’t.”
He ended his opening statements by saying he is confident that the jury will find his client not guilty.
According to Simpson, the trial is expected to conclude sometime next week. We will follow this trial as it continues.
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