Trial begins for man accused of sexually abusing minors and incest

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska The trial for a man accused of multiple counts of sexual abuse of a minor and incest started today.

The state of Alaska has indicted Mark King on nine counts of first, second and third degree sexual abuse of a minor and incest, charges they hope to prove in front of a jury.

Prosecutor Risa Leonard presented the states opening statement and told the jury that the defendant, “gradually got her to accept that this was okay, this was something she wanted, this was something she enjoyed."

The state presented the case of King engaging in sexual abuse and incest with one of his victims after getting her drunk and playing ‘Truth or Dare.’ The alleged abuse went on for months. According to the state he also abused one of the first victims friends after playing monopoly with them and giving them a shot of alcohol each time they ‘passed go.’

The state called multiple witnesses including Alaska State Trooper investigator, Anne Sears. Sears explained to the jury the process of investigating the case and the ways she corroborated the victims claims, including the finding lingerie and other items the victim claimed the defendant bought for her at a local adult store.

Defense attorney Gary Staples cross examined Sears asking why she didn’t investigate whether the victim’s mother was telling the truth about the accusations or had reason to lie about it.

Defense attorney, Gary Stapp is waiting to give the defense’s opening argument until the state finishes presenting their case. Most of the defense’s witness examination called into question the truthfulness of the claims. They argued that the victim’s guardian wanted sole custody and made up the story with the victim to take custody away from the defendant.

The jury also heard from one of the victims and a first reporter and one of the victim’s guardians.

The state is expected to call two more witnesses to the stand tomorrow and then rest their case. The defense indicated they intend to call three witnesses before resting theirs.

The trial is expected to be over tomorrow or Thursday.

We will continue to follow the trial as it progresses.