Trial begins for Dedham man accused of sex abuse

Posted May 13, 2009, at 3:23 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:08 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — The trial of a Dedham man accused of molesting a girl who used to live with him began Wednesday morning in Hancock County Superior Court.

Raymond L. Currier, 56, is facing 20 counts of assault, unlawful sexual contact and unlawful sexual touching for allegedly abusing the victim, who is now 16 years old. The assaults allegedly occurred first in the town of Hancock and then in Dedham between September 2002 until February 2006.

According to Mary Kellett, assistant Hancock County district attorney, the alleged victim lived in Louisiana with her mother and father until her biological father died in early 2001. Her mother, who had known Currier for years, started dating Currier and then in 2002 moved to Maine with her daughter to live with the accused, Kellett told the jury in her opening remarks.

The routine physical contact between Currier and the girl started out as roughhousing but over time it turned into improper contact on Currier’s part, Kellett said. The girl was removed from Currier’s home after she told friends and then school officials in Dedham about the alleged abuse.

Currier’s defense attorney, Steven Juskewitch of Ellsworth, told the jury in his opening statement that the girl fabricated the allegations of abuse as a way to avoid having to face punishment at home for her misbehavior. Among the household rules the girl violated, according to Juskewitch, was taking money to school, stealing money from her mother, and lying.

The girl testified Wednesday morning in the trial, telling jurors that Currier and her mother used to walk around naked in the apartments they lived in and would have loud sex in front of her. The girl said that much of the physical abuse occurred when her mother was present and that she believed her mother was in denial about what was going on.

“I didn’t realize it was as bad as it really was,” the girl said on the witness stand. “I didn’t know any better.”

The trial is expected to last two or three days, according to officials involved in the trial. The jury hearing testimony in the case is made up of eight women and six men, including two alternates who will be dismissed before the 12 regular jurors begin deliberations.

The girl in the case since has been adopted by another family in the area and no longer lives with Currier or her biological mother, who are still living together, according to Kellett.

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