Opening statements, emotional victim testimony, heard in Hackett trial

NORWICH – The trial of Kyle J. Hackett began Tuesday, June 21, with an opening statement from First Assistant District Attorney Michael D. Ferrarese, who is the head prosecutor in the case.

“June 26, 2014, is a day that will forever be burned in the memory of the victim,” said Ferrarese. “On this day, she was forced into the bathroom of her own home.”

The prosecution contends that as the victim – then 17 years old – was babysitting her two sisters and another young girl at her home, the defendant unexpectedly arrived at the residence on Hopkins Crandall Road, in the Town of Plymouth, at approximately 2:45 p.m. He allegedly asked if the victim’s step-father was home. When the defendant was informed that he was not, “instead of what any normal 29-year-old would do, he takes off his shoes and begins play fighting with the victim,” in the living room. Ferrarese continued to describe how the victim became uncomfortable, and moved to another couch on the other side of the room, where the defendant proceeded to follow her. The defendant then allegedly picked the victim up by forcing her hands behind her back and carried her to a small bathroom about 10 feet away from the living room.

“That's when the unimaginable occurs,” said Ferrarese.

The defendant shut and locked the bathroom door and started unzipping his pants – according to the prosecution – and while the victim begged for the defendant to stop, she was able to gain a little distance away from him in the bathroom. According to Ferrarese, the defendant then grabbed the victim’s shorts and digitized her. Hackett allegedly told the victim 'stop pretending that you don't like it'.

The prosecution’s opening statement continued by saying, as the victim tried to change the subject and ask how the defendant's girlfriend – who was pregnant with a child – was doing, he said 'they're good' as he continued unzipping his pants. The defendant then allegedly grabbed the victim and hoisted her onto the sink. As the victim’s younger sister tried to open the bathroom door, Hackett put his foot against it. He then [committed sexual acts]. “How do we know that? Because of the DNA,” said Ferrarese.

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