State rests in sex crime case

WOODSTOCK – Prosecutors rested their case Tuesday afternoon against an Algonquin man accused of sexual contact with a young girl over a period of several years.

Derrick I. Hill, 40, is accused of having sexual contact with a female relative who was 11 years old at the time.

He was arrested in April 2011, charged with multiple sex crimes, the most serious being predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.

The trial before McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt began Tuesday when jurors watched a more than an hourlong interview with the alleged victim and an Algonquin Police Department detective.

"You'll hear a child talk about things she shouldn't be able to describe," Assistant State's Attorney Sharyl Eisenstein told jurors before showing the recorded interview.

In the interview, the girl said Hill touched or rubbed her genitals and chest.

The girl later testified the alleged abuse had been going on for "as long as I can remember" and happened three to four times a week.

Hill's attorney, Margi Worth, said the child lied. The girl was having a fight with friends and was a "troubled young lady."

"[The alleged victim] has a reputation for lack of truth," Worth said during opening statements. "… This is a fabrication."

Jurors also listened to testimony from the detective who interviewed the alleged victim.

Worth asked the officer if the questions she asked the girl were leading or suggestive.

"The purpose [of the interview] is to use the child's language and words and not put words into her mouth?" Worth asked.

"Yes," the detective said.

If convicted of the most serious charge, Hill could be sentenced to between six and 30 years in prison.

The trial will resume Wednesday, when the defense will begin to present its case.

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