Alleged victim testifies to abuse instances in Chamberlin trial

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UPDATED: A 16-year-old girl said her former Olin High School advisor and volleyball coach started out texting her about school related activities when she was 14 but then they became sexual and he eventually asked her to meet him on a gravel road and started kissing and groping her.

“He started kissing me and pulling my shirt up and kissing my (chest),” the now Midland sophomore said as she began to cry. “I was leaning against his car with my legs together and he put his legs on each side.”

The girl said she tried to push him away. When he started kissing her chest,  she began crying and he then tried to take her hand and move it towards him. She told him it was wrong and then a car came by and he left.

“Did you ever say stop ... or no?” Jones County Attorney Phil Parsons asked.

She said no.

The alleged victim was testifying in the second day of the sexual exploitation trial of Jeremy Chamberlin, 33. He is charged with felony sexual exploitation by a school employee, two misdemeanor counts of lascivious conduct of a minor and three misdemeanor counts of disseminating or exhibiting obscene materials to a minor.

The girl said his texts, and incidents like the one on the gravel road, escalated in September 2009. Chamberlin, a resource teacher, also assisted the girl with her algebra homework and one time while she was in his classroom he gestured her to flash him. Another time he reached underneath her sweatpants and underwear with his hand and moved it down her leg.

He eventually started talking about sex and oral sex in his texts and continued to ask her to meet with him, she said. She always made excuses not to meet him or respond to his requests for oral sex, or told him he could lose his job and family.

Chamberlin told her he wouldn’t get in trouble if she didn’t tell anyone. The girl said she sometimes told her friend about the messages, but only told her mother on one occasion.

The girl said she started missing school during this time because she was uncomfortable with the incidents and his actions. She would miss school and volleyball one or two times a week, and her grades went from As and Bs to Ds and Fs.

Chamberlin also sent her three pictures of his genitals during this time and asked her to send him one, she said. She eventually sent him a nude photo of herself via text message. She said she felt like she had no choice but to send him the picture to avoid another incident in person.

After volleyball was over, Chamberlin, who was also the basketball coach, tried to get her to sign up for the team, she said. He invited her to a team meeting at his house, but when she arrived nobody else was there. When she sat down on the sofa, he tried to get on top of her, but she told him she had a boyfriend. Chamberlin then pulled down his pants and tried to unzip hers.

“I was scared, but I thought I could protect myself,” she said.

Chamberlin then started rubbing up against her and asked her if it felt good, she said. She told him no. He then asked her for a kiss. She refused, but he kissed her anyway. She said it didn’t last very long.

Her testimony continues this afternoon.

On cross examination, Kjas Long, Chamberlin’s attorney, attempted to discredit the alleged victim’s stories about Chamberlin sending her sexual texts and luring her off alone and groping her.

“Didn’t it strike you as strange that he wanted to meet you after the game (on gravel road)?” Long asks.

“He had already left,” the girl says. “No, not at the time.”

“You didn’t go out there to kiss him?” Long asks.

“No,” she says.

“You didn’t go out there to flirt with him?” Long asks.

“No,” she says.

“You didn’t have a crush on him?” Long asks.

Long asked her if she ever told him no.

The girl said she just started crying.

Long asks her later why she started crying while talking about the gravel road incidents, because she never cried during the deposition.

“What made you cry today – the jury watching?” Long asks.

“It’s overwhelming,” she says.

Long asks her repeatedly why she kept meeting with Chamberlin alone after the incident on the gravel road, which she said made her scared.

The girl repeatedly said she didn’t know why.

Long also asked her wasn’t she suspicious when she showed up for a basketball meeting at his house and there were no other cars parked outside, or why her sister wasn’t going, because her sister was on the basketball team.

The girl said she didn’t know.

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