GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Testimony continued Thursday in the trial of a former Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School student on charges he sexually assaulted girls at the school last year.
An alleged victim, weeping and squeezing a stress ball as she testified, described her encounters with 18-year-old Cameron Cross in elevators sometime in February where she said Cross tried to kiss her and asked when she was going to let him “hit that.” She said she pushed him away.
In a second elevator sometime in February or March, she says she was on her way to her fourth-hour Spanish class and said Cross reached up her skirt and grabbed her buttocks.
She told the Kent County Circuit Court jury that she elbowed Cross and said ‘stop’ but he continued to groped her breasts.
She said when she talked about it she was bullied by people at school and elsewhere and “his family was involved.”
She said she left the school because of the incident, the bullying and because she was afraid to run into him.
“When I was at school, I would act normal but when I was alone, that’s when it would hit me,” said the girl who was 15 when she was allegedly assaulted.
Cross was suspended and expelled from Catholic Central.
Cross was originally accused of assaulting two female classmates and charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct, which carries a felony penalty up to 15 years in prison.
However, the Kent County prosecutor dismissed the case involving one of the accusers, leaving Cross facing three counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct with a maximum penalty of two years behind bars.
Cross is free and his mother raised more than $12,000 for his defense on-line, although $5,000 of that was contributed by her.
The trial continues Friday.