HASTINGS, Mich. (WOOD) - Two more young women took the witness stand in a Barry County courtroom Wednesday morning, claiming former Major League Baseball player Chad Curtis touched them inappropriately.
Curtis is standing trial on six counts of criminal sexual conduct. The trial entered its third day Wednesday.
The first young woman testified that she was friends with Curtis' children and went on vacation with the family. During the vacation, she said Curtis got into bed with her one morning and put his arm on her abdomen. She pushed it off of her, she said.
Curtis' defense attorney David Dodge questioned the witness and called out inconsistencies in her testimony compared to what she initially told Barry County sheriff's detectives.
Dodge referenced transcripts of interviews between the witness and detectives that indicate the alleged victim claimed Curtis touched her breasts under her sports bra during the vacation.
But on the stand Wednesday, she said Curtis did not touch her breasts on the vacation. During cross-examination with Dodge, she said she was confused and that the touching of her breasts happened at a different time.
Dodge also questioned her claims that she avoided Curtis and hurried her workouts while he worked with the football team. He played surveillance video from the weight room that seemed to show the alleged victim waiting for Curtis to help her lift weights.
Dodge pointed out others in the room on the tape, seeming to indicate that she could have asked someone else for help if she were avoiding Curtis.
A second witness testified that Curtis unexpectedly lifted her sports bra and exposed her breasts while wrapping her abdomen.
"I was very uncomfortable," the witness said. "I didn't really know what to say at that point."
She also said Curtis pulled down her sweatpants at another time, and moved her underwear and "started to rub my butt."
"I didn't know what to think. I didn't know what to say," she said. "I trusted that he was doing his job."
The witness admitted that she had sent Curtis text messages about the two of them having "a thing."
She said Curtis rebuffed the idea.
"I don't want my kids to see me in jail," she said describing Curtis' response to her message.
"I didn't mean a thing like sexually," the alleged victim said, though she admitted having innocent feelings for Curtis. She said she never would have pursued Curtis.
"I had a crush on him," she said. "I thought he was a really nice person and I trusted him."
On Tuesday, three other alleged victims took the witness stand and made similar allegations of inappropriate contact. Some of the witnesses testified but were not included in the criminal charges Curtis faces.
They were called by prosecutors to establish a pattern of Curtis' alleged behavior.
Defense attorneys plan to call some 30 witnesses to the stand as part of Curtis' defense. Eight of them will testify to Curtis' character, Dodge told 24 Hour News 8. Expert witnesses are also expected to be part of Curtis' defense.
It is not clear whether Curtis will testify in his own defense, though during an interview with 24 Hour News 8 last year he denied touching any students inappropriately.
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