County awaits verdict from deliberating jury on Hackett sexual assault case

NORWICH – The trial of Kyle J. Hackett – who is charged with rape in the first degree, a class B felony; sexual abuse in the first degree, a class D felony; and endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor – continued Wednesday, June 22, at the Chenango County courthouse.

The prosecution began the day by calling the SANE (sexual assault nurse examiner) nurse, Jacquelyn Decker, who examined the victim on the day of the alleged incident. Decker described how she has been a nurse at Chenango Memorial Hospital for more than six years, and has been a SANE nurse for four years. She went into detail about the training that she received in order to become a certified SANE nurse before depicting the exam she performed on the victim the night that the alleged incident took place.



Decker said that she began the exam at 8:50 p.m. She provided testimony of what the victim told her about the alleged incident at the time and said that the victim “was very tearful, her voice was cracking and she was scared.”

Decker went on to convey that she did find signs of forced sexual trauma to the victim’s genitals during the examination. Head prosecutor and First Assistant District Attorney Michael D. Ferrarese asked her what the tears indicated, and Decker replied that they indicated trauma.

Ferrarese further asked what could have caused such injuries, to which Decker stated “unwanted force.”

When George Hildebrandt, attorney for the defense, cross-examined Decker, he asked her if a sexual assault could happen without any evidence of tearing or bruising, to which Decker said yes. He further asked Decker if someone could have tearing or bruising without a sexual assault occurring, to which Decker said was correct.


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