Trial begins in case of alleged sex abuse of four-year-old

NORWICH – Following more than four hours of jury selection, the trial of 24-year-old Tommy Kessinger Sr. began Tuesday afternoon with opening statements by the prosecution and defense, as well as testimony from the parents of the four-year-old boy he stands accused of sexually abusing in 2011.

Kessinger was indicted last April on charges of first degree sexual abuse, a class D felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, an A misdemeanor. The prosecution alleges Kessinger – who was living with his girlfriend, Sonya Wilson, at her brother and his fiancée’s residence – touched the other couple’s four-year-old son inappropriately after the child’s bath, while he and Wilson were babysitting.

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