A therapist who has been working with a 7-year-old alleged victim in a Eudora sex crime case said Thursday she was worried the girl would not testify partly because of her post-traumatic stress disorder.
“I am concerned she would come up here and refuse to speak” in the presence of the defendant, said Christine Juliano, a clinician at Johnson County Mental Health Center.
Douglas County prosecutors accuse a 27-year-old Eudora man of molesting the girl prior to his arrest in July 2011. He faces one count of child rape and two counts of aggravated criminal sodomy.
The therapist’s testimony came during a motion hearing Thursday on the prosecution’s request to have the girl testify via video at the trial with only the judge, court reporter and attorneys present in the room. Jurors and the defendant would watch a live feed of her testimony.
Defense attorney Hatem Chahine is opposing the motion. The hearing on the motion will continue Wednesday, District Judge Michael Malone said.
The man’s trial is scheduled for May 14. The Journal-World generally does not identify sex crime suspects unless they are convicted.