Foster child alleges sexual assault


 
A 17-year-old girl who says she was sexually assaulted by her foster parents' adult adopted son wept and sighed during a second day of vigorous cross-examination by the defence.

The complainant was 14 years old between Jan. 18 and April 15, 2009, when her 23-year-old foster brother touched her sexually on at least one occasion and had intercourse with her at least twice, she testified this week in Saskatoon Court of Queen's Bench.

The assaults are alleged to have occurred in the basement rumpus room at a Saskatoon-area acreage and in a trailer on the property.

The foster parents had custody of seven children and, with the help of paid assistants, provided short-term emergency care for varying numbers of other children, court heard.

A publication ban protects the identity of the girl, who underwent seven hours of detailed and sometimes confusing questioning by defence lawyer Kevin Liesler over two days.

After hours of questioning, she showed difficulty deciphering the timelines of details of the assaults as they were put to her repeatedly and she made inconsistent statements.

A calendar, on which she had noted dates of the alleged assaults, was entered as an exhibit.

Court heard social workers removed the girl from the home in April 2009 and placed her in a "safe house."

In a video-recorded statement to the RCMP the next day, the girl apparently expected to return soon to the only home she had ever known, as she referred to her plans to be with her family that coming weekend.

She said that she hadn't disclosed the incidents to her foster mother out of fear that she would kick the accused out of the house and the girl didn't want the person she considered to be her brother, to lose his home.

"I just want it to stop," she said in the statement.

But it was the girl who lost her home and the adults she called mom and dad. She has never returned to live with the family.

The girl said the man has ruined her life. The accused did not testify, but his girlfriend testified for the defence and provided possible alibis.

The 29-year-old produced an appointment book in which she had circled all the dates from December 2008 to mid-April 2009 when she said she and the accused had spent nights together.

Court heard she showed the book to the defence lawyer after the 2010 preliminary hearing when the complainant's calendar was examined