Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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November 14, 2012

Testimony begins in Roe sex abuse trial


Nov. 14, 2012 —

The girl testified that she told her mother about the incident and, although she was supportive at first, nothing changed.

“I went to school the next day and told my friend about it,” the girl said. “I knew I had to tell because I didn’t want to go through all that again.”

The alleged victim said that Roe had touched her inappropriately many times when she was between eight and 10 years old, which she told social services and Kentucky State Police.

The girl alleged that Roe not only touched her with his hand, but also with his mouth and penis, which led to the sexual abuse and sodomy charges.

“He never brought up me not telling anyone, he would just do things and I guess he assumed I wouldn’t tell,” the girl said. “For a few years it was a constant thing. Sometimes it would stop for a few days, and I would think it was over, but it wasn’t.”

The girl had difficulty on the stand discussing what allegedly happened to her, but explained why it took several years for her to tell someone about the alleged abuse.

“When you’re a little kid and your dad does something, you don’t want to see your dad in trouble,” she said.

When Conn asked if she blamed herself, she began nodding yes before breaking into silent tears.

The alleged victim was not home on Jan. 6 when Roe was arrested. She said that although he was not supposed to be near her or her younger siblings, Roe would often come to the house and even lived in a camper near the home.

Carrie Davis, who is with the Department of Community Based Services, said that all of the children have now been removed from the Roe home.

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