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Trial begins in alleged sex case

WOODSTOCK – A trial began this week for an Algonquin man accused touching a young girl over a period of several years.

Derrick Hill, 40, is accused of having sexual contact with an 11-year-old female family member.

The trial begin Tuesday as jurors watched more than an hour-long interview with the alleged victim and an Algonquin Police Department detective. The interview took place in April 2011 after the then 11-year-old girl told friends Hill was touching her genitals and chest.

On the video, the girl expressed feelings of guilt about "tearing her family apart." The alleged victim described the alleged abuse, which she said began when she was 6 years old.

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

Hill's attorney Margi Worth's defense is that the child lied.

"[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 girl.

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.

The trial will continued at 1:30 p.m.

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