Defense paints child witnesses as unreliable in Kelley trial

Former Leander High School football player accused of sexually assaulting two young boys
Former Leander High School football player convicted of sexually assaulting two young boys

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — Over the first three days of Greg Kelley’s sexual assault trial, the jury heard how the accusations from two four-year-old boys came to be. They heard it from the parents, the advocates and the children themselves.

But on day four, Kelley’s defense team began building their own case for how young children can create false accusations.

“It is not that difficult to get a child to believe something took place,” said psychologist Stephen Thorne.

Through testifying about a hypothetical situation mirroring the outcries of the two alleged victims, Thorne said the multiple interviews which took place with each child increase the likelihood of a false accusation being made.

“There is a reason (child advocates) want to get that interview done one time and on video; so the child does not have to go through it anymore.”

Kelley was living at an in-home daycare in Cedar Park where the assaults are alleged to have happened. Earlier in the trial, the children’s parents testified the first accusations arose when their sons made comments about how Kelley either made them perform oral sex on him or rub lotion on his genitals.

The defense team will try to convince the jury the accusations are a result of contaminated interviews, leading questions, and a faulty investigation.


Shama McCarty spoke emotionally and with a quivering voice at times as she testified about the allegations said to have happened at her home daycare business.

She began her testimony by admitting she often would have more children at the daycare than she was supposed to have given her listing. But the testimony turned tense at times when prosecutors pressed her about why she refused to talk to District Attorney Office investigators after the accusations were made.

“I had nothing to provide you,” said McCarty.

Kelley is friends with McCarty’s son and lived with their family due to health problems with his own parents.

The state also called McCarty out for wearing a red and blue ribbon; the same ribbon worn by Greg Kelley supporters in the courtroom all week during the trial. The defense objected to questioning about the ribbon, but the state said is showed McCarty was displaying a bias while on the stand.

More tension arose when McCarty claimed she never left children alone in the home without adult supervision. The state said that contradicts the statements that were written in a Child Protective Services report. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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