GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — It was day number three in the trial of Gregory Kelley at the Williamson County Courthouse.
The 19-year-old is accused of sexually assaulting two young boys last year at a home daycare in Cedar Park.
The father of one of the alleged victims took the stand on Thursday.
Defense attorneys also questioned a detective in the case; attacking his approach to the investigation. This comes after a major development in the case yesterday.One of the boys testified and said Kelley never touched him.
Jurors also watched testimony from the other boy who gave details about the alleged assault.
Both boys were just 5-years-old.
Obviously it can be very traumatizing for a child to testify in a case like this. KXAN wanted to dig deeper into how investigators try to pursue justice without causing more harm to a child victim.
“When something like a child abuse or sexual abuse or physical abuse has happened to a child…that in itself is very traumatizing,” Cyndi Cantu with the Travis County Center for Child Protection explains.
She interviews children on a daily basis and also helps educate them before testifying in the courtroom. She says, “It can be very hard and emotional for children to experience such things especially if it’s someone they know and trusted.”
Wednesday, one of the two young boys, testified saying Gregory Kelley never touched him.
Generally speaking, Cantu says it’s not uncommon for a child that young to change his or her story once it goes to trial. She says, “2 years, 1 year…that’s a long time in the life of a child.”
Thursday, the defense in the case questioned Cedar Park detective, Christopher Dailey about his interviews with the boys claiming he did everything he could to get the information out of the 2nd victim, the same information he initially gave his parents.
Defense attorney Patricia Cummings said while questioning detective Dailey, “It’s testing his investigation because he’s saying he did it with another individual. It’s testing if he had that conversation and remembers it.”
For a third day, Kelley had support from friends in the courtroom who have been by his side since the very beginning.
Testimony is scheduled to continue tomorrow.
The daycare owner is still expected to take the stand in the case.