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CINCINNATI - Opening arguments began Monday afternoon in the trial of former Cincinnati Bengals player Nate Webster. He is accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl in 2009.
The prosecution and defense teams began the morning by narrowing the jury pool down to 12 and two alternates, before breaking for lunch. When the court returned, the prosecution opened by suggesting that Webster made the Loveland, Ohio neighborhood unsafe, where he and the alleged victim lived.
"He doesn't look like what a predator looks like what you think a predator looks like," said prosecuting attorney Seth Tiegor, Esq.
During the seating of the jury on Monday, the defense acknowledged that Webster had been sexually intimate with the girl, but not until she was 16 years old.
On Tuesday, the defense explained that the timeline the alleged victim had given to prosecutors was false, and that the alleged sex crime was not revealed to her parents until they confronted her about a drug situation in 2011, nearly two years after the alleged crime.
The only witness who was called to the stand Tuesday afternoon was the mother of the girl.
The alleged victim in the case is testifying on Wednesday. She claims Webster had sex with her when she was 15 years old. Her testimony is expected to go into the afternoon. The girl's father, a Bengals coach, testified Wednesday morning about the conduct he witnessed between the two.
The trial is expected to end late this week to early next week.
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