Kirkpatrick trial underway; hard to believe Drew’s going through with it
WAYNE CO.—So far, it’s been a somewhat disturbing day of testimony in the sex assault trial of former Fairfield Community High School teacher Haven Kirkpatrick.
Kirkpatrick, 30, opted for a bench trial in front of Edwards County resident Judge David Frankland, originally set for yesterday but for whatever reason, didn’t go until today, Oct. 13. She is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student at the end of the school year in 2010, and is charged with eight separate counts of sexual activity with the girl (who, at her age, was by Illinois law considered too young to consent, given Kirkpatrick was in a position of authority or trust over the girl).
Kirkpatrick’s attorney Bryan Drew was apparently ready to go this morning for her defense, and thus far today, the victim has given two hours of testimony, most of it in tears, some of it so distraught that our reporter in the courtroom noted others being moved to tears.
In a somewhat unexpected and bizarre move, the victim has reportedly admitted during testimony about having a ‘crush’ on a male teacher, a Mr. Kirksey, not Haven K. But most of this was delivered through tears, and Drew should know it would mean nothing anyway even if she were to speak of Kirkpatrick in such terms, as the girl was under 18 when any alleged sexual activity went on. This Illinois law seems lost on Drew, however, as it was that approach he took with the initial defense for Todd Fort in Saline, and we see where THAT got him.
Elaborating on that theme, our correspondent has advised us that there has been testimony about alleged sexual contact between the victim and Kirkpatrick, and that under questioning from the state (represented by Mike Valentine, Edwards County prosecutor brought into the case on a conflict from Wayne’s prosecutor), the victim stated it was “skin to skin” for “sexual pleasure” of Kirkpatrick. However, on cross examination by Drew, the victim was questioned about having changed her story at least twice from the original report. The victim has said she changed it “to protect Haven.” Drew says it’s because she’s been making it up all along. Way to go, BryBry. Disparage the victim. That child’s been through enough already, dontcha think?
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