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Child rape case begins
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A jury trial began this week in Warren County Circuit Court for a man accused of the rape of a child; testimony began yesterday. 

The sealed indictment handed down by the grand jury claims, between the dates of May 1 and June 8, 2017, Jerry Allen Hennessee, 53, engaged in unlawful contact with and penetration of a minor child under the age of 13.

The 13-year-old victim took the stand Thursday morning to tell her account of the alleged assault which occurred when she was 10. The victim cried and struggled to tell the entire story of the alleged assault while being questioned by Assistant District Attorney Tom Miner.

Hennessee was charged with the aggravated sexual assault and rape of a child in 2017, when a relative came forward claiming Hennessee had touched her breasts and penetrated her. Allegedly, the assault occurred while the victim was at Hennessee’s home. The child told family members what had happened and was taken to the Child Advocacy Center to be interviewed before going to Our Kids in Manchester to have a physical exam conducted.

Judge Bart Stanley is overseeing the case. Jury selection lasted until 4 p.m. on Wednesday. The court case is still ongoing at press time on Thursday. Hennessee is represented by the Public Defender’s office.

Aggravated sexual battery is a Class B Felony while rape of a child is a Class A.