Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Woman on Trial for Molesting Boy, 8

(Doylestown, Pennsylvania) A 25-year-old Bensalem woman, Patience Agyemen, is on trial for molesting an 8-year-old Philadelphia boy.

Agyemen faces charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, endangering the welfare of a child and corruption of minors.

Through attorney Laura Riba, Agyemen has denied the charges.
In court Tuesday, the victim's 16-year-old cousin described how the boy came forward.

"He asked me if I could keep a secret. He said, 'You have to promise' and made me pinky swear," the cousin said. "He said [Agyemen] told him that if he told on her, he'd be sent to live with other people."

Other witnesses testified that Agyemen slept nude or partially clothed in the same bed with the boy, and showered with him.

Bensalem Police Detective David Nieves testified that he interviewed Agyemen, who wept when he told her he believed she was lying about assaulting the boy. He told the jury that she eventually admitted molesting him five to six times.
If convicted, Agyemen could be sentenced to more than 10 years in prison and then be deported back to her native Ghana.

The trial continues today.

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