Child Sexual Abuse Trial Begins
Wednesday, November 06 2013
The trial of a local fisherman accused of sexually abusing his young daughters began Wednesday in Unalaska.
Michel Bain, 39, faces eight felony charges, ranging from incest to penetration of a minor under 13. The alleged abuse occurred when the children were living with their father in Unalaska -- from 2006 to 2008.
Authorities were not notified of the alleged abuse until 2010. The children had moved out of state and were living with a different relative when they told that adult that Bain had molested them. Police in that state handled the initial investigation, and arranged for both children to be questioned about the alleged incidents of sexual abuse in Unalaska.
On Wednesday, the jury watched videotaped interviews with both children from 2010. One child was shown speaking to a detective, while the other talked to a specialist who handles forensic interviews with young children who may have experienced abuse. Both children talked about the alleged incidents in detail.
Bain was present in the courtroom and was visibly upset by the videotapes, rubbing his temples and shaking his head at some points.
Assistant district attorney Florina Altshiler questioned a detective who worked on the case out of state and appeared in one of the taped interviews. Defense attorney Nikki Swayne will have the chance to cross-examine the detective, and has filed a subpoena on top of that to call him as a witness.
Judge Steve Cole told the jurors that the trial is expected to stretch into next week.