Trial is underway for the man accused of raping a 17-year-old girl at a bus stop in Inarajan and today jurors heard from the accused’s father.
The alleged rape occurred in February, inside a bus stop.
According to court documents, Franklin Taitague Jr. (also known as “Ankie”) grabbed the teenage girl by her arm as she was walking home, pulling her into a nearby bus stop.
The complaint states that the victim knew her attacker and that after the incident Taitague “directed her to return to him several times, only stopping after she said she would tell others what he had done.”
In court this morning, the government called upon Franklin Taitague Senior who was questioned in regards to the events that occurred during a family meeting involving the parents of the minor, Ankie, and his parents.
According to Franklin Senior, the meeting took place in February or March and was initially called as a result of an incident involving a phone call between Ankie and the minor’s mother in which Ankie is accused of making a pass at the minor’s mother.
While Ankie apologized for this incident it was during this meeting that the minor revealed that Ankie had sexual encounters with the minor in the modular house located on the family property.
While Franklin Senior testified that they were all in shock, he says that Ankie denied the accusations, stating: “You know you guys, I went to war twice and this is what you do to me?”
He further testified that it was during this meeting that the minor’s parents stated they would not press charges and only wanted to bring it to their attention. Trial will continue tomorrow.