CROWN POINT | A jury began deliberating Tuesday in the child molesting trial of a Gary man.
Charles Wesley Nash, 47, is charged with a Class A felony child molesting in connection with alleged abuse of a relative from 2002 to 2007 while the family lived first in Gary and then in Schererville.
The trial began Monday with jury selection, opening arguments and testimony by the woman and her brother.
Tuesday’s closing arguments by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Michelle Jatkiewicz and defense attorney Scott King focused on what the parties had to gain by providing information.
Both attorneys repeatedly told the jury to use their common sense and life experiences when examining the evidence and testimony.
The evidence in the case centered on a letter the woman wrote to her mother in May 2012 revealing the molestation.
Jatkiewicz said the woman had nothing to gain by revealing what happened to her and that she chose to testify about “the worst experience of her life” in front of the jury of 12 and one alternate.
King repeatedly said in his closing remarks the woman’s mother didn’t immediately call police to report the molestation. That is what any mother would be expected to do, King said.
In her final closing argument to the jury, Jatkiewicz said the woman was now “a young lady” and that she called the police two days after she wrote the letter and discussed the molestation with her mother.
Jatkiewicz said information Nash gave to the police about another possible suspect was meant to set up his own alibi.
“(The young woman’s) words mean something. Her writing means something,” Jatkiewicz said.