A 21-year-old man testified Wednesday that he was approached about moving furniture and asked questions for a medical survey before unwanted sexual advances.
The trial kicked off with opening statements in the trial of Jamieson Leland Allen of Gainesville, who is charged with practicing medicine without a license, aggravated sodomy, sodomy and sexual battery.
In his address to the jury, defense attorney Hammond Law said the evidence would show that the victim had plenty of opportunities to leave.
“(The victim) knew this wasn’t a furniture moving expedition,” Law said. “He knew this was basically an invitation for sexual activity.”
Chief Assistant District Attorney Wanda Vance called the victim to the stand as the first witness after 10 a.m. Wednesday.
The man said he was walking to a relative’s home on March 26, 2015, when he was approached by a man about moving furniture for some money. After getting in the man’s van, he was asked about family history, blood pressure and his relatives.
“He told me he was a doctor, that he was doing a survey on young adults from ages 20-28,” the victim said.
When they arrived at the home, the victim said Allen allegedly had a stethoscope and checked his breathing. Because he had not had a physical in some time, the man testified about being interested in the results.
The victim said he was asked to lie down on the floor and that Allen tried to arouse him sexually.
The man said he has been trying to erase the incident from his mind.
“It’s stressful thinking about this every day,” the victim said, adding that he was intimidated at certain points.
When cross-examined by Law, the defense attorney started a line of questioning regarding the victim’s physical strength and the lack of conversation regarding furniture moving.
The trial will resume this morning in Superior Court Judge Kathlene Gosselin’s courtroom.