South County child rape case goes to jury Monday
PITTSFIELD — From the witness stand Friday, 48-year-old Albert Dumont repeatedly denied each of the accusations against him that he, on multiple occasions, sexually assaulted a preteen girl.
Evidence in Dumont's trial on counts of child rape and other related offenses concluded in Berkshire Superior Court on Friday afternoon. Closing arguments are expected Monday morning, with jury deliberations to follow.
Dumont, of Great Barrington, was the defense's final witness Friday. Testimony in the trial began Thursday.
Dumont flatly denied the allegations brought by the state, including showing the girl pornography, assaulting her in and around her grandmother's home in Lee and in a wooded area alongside a stretch of Route 7.
"Absolutely not," Dumont responded each time he was asked if the allegations were true.
The allegations were made after a family member asked the girl about any problems she was having after a series of bedwetting incidents. It was then that she said Dumont had assaulted her.
At least two witnesses who testified Friday said the bedwetting incidents immediately stopped after the girl made the allegations.
Friday's testimony picked up where Thursday's ended, with Dumont's attorney, Elizabeth Quigley, cross-examining the girl, and noting a series of inconsistencies between her accounts of the alleged assaults to police, a grand jury and in her testimony at trial.
Many aspects of the girl's account were called into question, including the manner of the alleged assaults.
In her opening statement Thursday, Quigley noted what she called "problematic inconsistencies" in the girl's accounts.
Dumont has pleaded not guilty to four counts of rape of a child with force and one count each of dissemination of harmful material to a minor and witness intimidation.
According to information aired in court during a pretrial hearing, the state intends to seek an eight- to 10-year prison sentence for each count of rape on which Dumont is convicted if jurors deliver guilty verdicts.
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