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Testimony begins in child rape trial

POSTED: April 24, 2013 12:15 a.m.

Testimony began Tuesday in Hall County Superior Court in the case of a man accused of raping a young girl, under the age of 10 when the alleged abuse began.

Jose Luis Aguilar faces four counts of rape. He is also charged with two counts of aggravated child molestation, one count of aggravated sodomy and seven counts each of incest, aggravated sexual battery and child molestation.

The alleged crimes occurred multiple times between 2007 and 2011, according to the indictment.

Aguilar, court records show, was born in Texas but has lived in Gainesville since at least the 1990s, moving back to Gainesville in 2003.

Prosecuting the case is the chief assistant district attorney for the Northeastern Judicial Circuit, Lindsay Burton.
Aguilar is represented by Travis Williams, a senior attorney in the public defender’s office, and co-counselor Clint Teston.

Burton, in her opening, said the state would present evidence that includes testimony from law enforcement officers, forensic interviewers, social workers, therapists and the victim herself, who is now 13.

Teston presented opening statements for Aguilar. Both Teston and Burton cited a web of family dynamics that will presumably come into play in the case, and mental and substance abuse issues the alleged victim has exhibited.

The state has the burden of proof to convince the jury that Aguilar is guilty of the charges beyond a reasonable doubt.

After the opening statements, Hall County Sheriff’s Office investigator Jason Egerton began answering questions for the state until about 6 p.m. Egerton will resume testimony today at 9 a.m.

Judge Andrew Fuller is presiding over the case.


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