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Victim, 18, testifies about alleged 2012 sex assault by Dover resident
She and Coffey, 19, went to high school together and met through an extracurricular activity. The teen said she had sometimes chatted with Coffey on Facebook and would say hello to him when they passed in a school hallway.
“I felt like an object, like he was just throwing me around,” she said. “He tried strangling me … when I was laying down, with my head against the door.”
“I didn’t really have a specific place in my head — (I) just wanted to get away,” she said.
Accused drove to hospital
Cassotis said the teen’s blood alcohol level was .16 — twice the legal limit for drivers 21 or older and eight times the legal limit for drivers younger than 21.
Public defender David Betancourt, representing Coffey, told jurors that the alleged victim was “the one who brings up alcohol” in the Facebook chat that night, and “the one who brings up sneaking out of (her) house.”
“She doesn’t want to take responsibility for any of her actions that night,” Betancourt said, noting that Coffey drove the teen to the hospital.
The trial resumes at 10 a.m. today.
Coffey also is charged with four counts of felonious sexual assault and one count each of second-degree assault, simple assault, unsworn falsification and prohibited sales, for allegedly providing the teen with alcohol.
Regardless of the outcome, Coffey could soon return to court. He is charged with aggravated felonious sexual assault in two other cases scheduled to go to trial later this year. He was indicted on four counts of that charge in September 2013, for allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in Dover in June 2013. Coffey was 18 at the time. Jury selection for that trial is scheduled for Sept. 8.Coffey also was indicted May 15 on one count of sexually assaulting a third female between June and October of 2012. The female’s age is not in the indictment for that case. Jury selection is scheduled for Dec. 8.
The charges of felonious sexual assault and second-degree assault are Class B felonies, each with a sentence of up to seven years in prison and a $4,000 fine. Simple assault, unsworn falsification and prohibited sales are Class A misdemeanors, each with a sentence of up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine.
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