Defendant in sexual assault case testifies he did not have sex with teen

Posted Sept. 26, 2013, at 8:30 a.m.

PARIS, Maine — The state wrapped up its case late Wednesday afternoon against a 24-year-old Rhode Island man accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in Hanover two years ago.

The jury is expected to begin deliberations Thursday.

Kyle C. Sanville of Richmond, R.I., was indicted in August 2012 on a charge of gross sexual assault of a person under the age of 14. The emergency medical technician and volunteer firefighter pleaded not guilty to the charge in Oxford County Superior Court in October 2012.

According to testimony at this trial this week, the assault occurred in late November 2011 at a home in Hanover after he had gone out drinking with friends. He was visiting the girl’s family over the Thanksgiving holiday week during that time.

Five months later, school officials intercepted the girl’s Internet posting that described the incident, according to testimony.

The girl, who is now 15, testified in court that she and Sanville had sex in her parents’ bed while her parents were at their camp in East Corinth for the weekend.

Sanville testified in court Wednesday that he never touched the girl sexually, that he slept on a twin mattress on the living room floor.

Asked by defense attorney Kevin Joyce if he ever had sex with the girl, Sanville said, “I did not.”

Sanville said the girl was “lying.”

Closing arguments by Oxford County Assistant District Attorney Richard R. Beauchesne and Joyce are expected to begin Thursday morning. Those will be followed by instructions to the jury by active retired Justice Robert W. Clifford and deliberation by the jury of 13 women and one man.

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