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Evidence taken as teen sexual assault case continues in Stephenville

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A doctor and a police officer gave evidence in court on Friday morning as the second of three trials for a male teen on sexual assault allegations continued.

The teen was a student at Stephenville High School where all three of his alleged victims also attended.

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Dr. Jillian Carpenter, a fee-for-service oncologist/obstetrician at Western Memorial Hospital in Corner Brook, said in Stephenville Provincial Court she was on call on Dec. 22, 2017 when she was requested to come to the hospital for a sexual assault case for a minor.

She said she administered a sexual assault kit, opened it in the room at the emergency department at the hospital, took evidence which first involved a narration of what happened, the answering of a series of questions and a physical exam.

The session lasted about one hour, with the sealed kit handed over to an RCMP member who was on hand at the time.

Carpenter said she found some erythema, which she explained was a pink to red area of pigmentation of surrounding tissue and bruising on the breasts that could be consistent with fingertip markings.

During cross-examination by defense lawyer, Mark Mills, Carpenter said during her time as a doctor she has administered 15-20 of these kits.

Mills asked if there were hands around the throat of the complainant. Carpenter said she did look for an indication of that but there was no finding of that in her neck, head or face area.

On the stand, Const. Michelle Cormier of the Bay St. George RCMP said she had been the lead investigator on the case starting out and had taken statements from the complainant, a guidance counsellor at her school and the grandfather of the accused.

She seized the clothing the girl wore on the night of the alleged attack and made arrangements to have her examined in Corner Brook.

She said she wasn’t involved in the arrest of the accused on Dec. 23, 2017 and after seizing exhibits didn’t have much more involvement with the case afterwards.

The trial is expected to continue in early August, with the third trial also set for that time.

A decision on the first trial is set for Tuesday.

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