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Accuser in Vilas County sexual assault case testifies at trial Submitted: 04/25/2017
VILAS COUNTY - The trial for a Vas County man accused of sexual assault entered its second day.

Thirty-six-year-old Rodney Teets faces three charges of first degree sexual assault.

The woman who accuses him of those crimes testified on the witness stand on Tuesday. Newswatch 12 is not identifying the woman.

The woman started telling her story, often through tears, of how the July 2015 night events unfolded. She testified while she was driving Teets to his home, she noticed he was holding a knife in his hand near his driver seat headrest. Then she started to describe the alleged assault, showing pictures of her car and identifying what she wore that night.

Prosecutors asked her details about the knife she says Teets had.

"Did Mr. Teets have a knife in hand the whole time?" asked Assistant Attorney General Devra Ayala.

"I had closed my eyes," the woman responded.

"Did the knife ever actually make contact with your neck?" Ayala asked later. The woman responded, no.

That's where Teets's defense attorney focussed some of his questions. Among other things, he asked the woman why she changed her story--why she first told investigators that the knife was at her neck.

"'It was like up against the side of my neck,' that's what you told detectives?" defense attorney Steven Lucareli asked.

"Yes," the woman responded.

Earlier in his cross examination, Lucareli asked the woman if investigators ever showed her the knife that she believes Teets had in hand.

"I don't see one report in there suggesting anybody ever showed you the knife you claim was used to rape you by Mr. Teets, right?" Lucareli asked.

"Correct," the woman responded.

After hours on the stand, the witness stepped down. Prosecutors will call more witnesses on Wednesday.




Story By: Stephanie Haines

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