DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - A taekwondo instructor is back on trial. On the first day of testimony, a 9-year-old girl told jurors the instructor molested her twice inside his studio.
The child is very intelligent and has written 21 fantasy books, leading the defense to claim she made up the molestation allegations.
But the child took the stand and spoke in a confident voice about how, she said, Adrian Spellen betrayed her trust.
"I was kind of sitting in his
"When you say he pulled you and did the same
"The office," the girl said.
Spellen now faces three counts of child molestation. A jury couldn't decide on his guilt during a trial last year. Now, the state is trying once again to convict him.
Racine asked the jury during opening statements why the 9-year-old would make this up, as the defense suggested.
"The only answer that the evidence in this case will point to is that he is guilty," Racine said.
The defense said Spellen is innocent.
Defense attorney John
"There was nothing out of the ordinary with this child physically on two separate physical
Spellen could face a life sentence, if convicted.
The child didn't report the allegations for a week or so. Prosecutors said it came up as her mother told her how babies are made.