HED:Teen victim testifies in sexual battery case
By Eileen Bailey
HOUSTON – A teen-age victim continued her testimony Wednesday in the trial of a Houston man charged with three counts of sexual battery.
Cameron Todd, 30, of Houston faces three counts of sexual battery of a child under the age of 14 and one count of fondling. The case began Tuesday with jury selection and testimony from the victim.
On Wednesday, defense attorney Jim Waide of Tupelo asked the victim if she had ever lied before about having sex with someone.
The victim, who said she was 13 at the time of the alleged offenses, testified she lied in the fall of 1997 when she said another man had raped her.
The victim testified she lied about having sex with a male teen-ager. She told the lies, she said, because she was afraid she was pregnant and because her relative had told her to lie.
She later said she’s telling the truth about the alleged sexual encounters with Todd.
Waide also asked the victim if she ever called Cameron Todd while he was at work. Todd is a policeman on suspension pending the outcome of the case. She said she would call once in a while and sometimes once a week.
The victim said she also told Todd at one time she was 17. But she said she later told him she was only 13.
Waide also questioned the victim and another witness about her age. The victim said she was born in 1984. The other witness, Poela Kelly of Houston, who was called by the defense, said the victim told her she was 13 when she first came to live with her and that she turned 14 in July 1997.
Kelly pleaded guilty on Monday to four counts of sexual battery of a child under the age of 14, one count of attempted sexual battery and one count of fondling.
Other witnesses took the stand Wednesday in Chickasaw County Circuit Court.
Trances Ford, a former Houston police officer, testified he and Cameron Todd were on the same shift and riding together the first time Ford visited the victim’s residence.
Ford said someone in the residence had reported a break-in.
He said Todd went into the residence first and was in there for about 10 to 15 minutes. A young woman came to the car and asked him to come in. But he said he didn’t.
About 10 minutes later, Todd came to the car and Ford went into the residence. In the home were the victim, Poela Kelly and Elizabeth Melissa Williams, 21, whose last known address was 102 Davis Ave. Williams, Kelly and Todd were three of nine people arrested in 1997 after alleged incidents of sexual battery of two girls under the age of 14.
Ford testified at one point he looked into a back bedroom and saw Todd and two women in the room – one was sitting on the bed and the other was standing up. Todd also was standing up.
Ford said Todd then asked him to leave in the patrol car and wait for him to call to be picked up. Ford said he did not know what happened when he left and does not know why Todd asked him to leave. He said he picked up Todd about 30 minutes later.
Under cross-examination, Waide asked Ford if he thought Todd was a good officer. Ford said Todd was honest.
Also called to the stand by District Attorney Jim Hood was a social worker who interviewed the victim, a Houston police dispatcher and a patrolman who worked on one of the nights the victim alleges she had sex with Todd.
On Tuesday, the victim said she left her residence on at least two occasions and went with Todd in a patrol car to a spot to have sex.
The case continues today at 9 a.m. at the Chickasaw County Courthouse.