(Des Moines) Closing arguments were presented this morning in the trial of a religious leader in Des Moines.
After a juror was dismissed due to an inappropriate message on his t-shirt, the prosecution told jurors the sexually assaulted Johnston mother and daughter did not know what was supposed to happen in the religious ritual on the night of August 12th, they didn’t know how the oil was supposed to be rubbed on the body or where. But they say they knew it was wrong for their private areas to be touched and the text messages sent from the 18-year-old victim’s phone to friends proved that. Texts suggesting penetration had occurred.
The defense claims, in closing arguments, the police did not collect DNA by choice and they played a video that was supposed to show the officers discussing reasons why not to collect it. The defense also said the younger victim liked attention and was texting her friends so they would come pick her up. They claimed she was surprised to learn that one of them was a mandatory reporter and called police.
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