Crime & Courts

Defendant takes stand in Algonquin sex assault case

WOODSTOCK – Before the defense rested its case, the Algonquin man accused of sexual contact with a child took the stand and maintained his innocence.

"I didn't [do it.] In fact, it disgusts me," said Derrick I. Hill, the 40-year-old charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.

But prosecutors grilled Hill on statements he made to police just after his April 2011 arrest when he said he didn't understand why the victim would make the story up.

The trial will resume at 1 p.m. for closing arguments.

In the first day of testimony the alleged victim, who was 11 years old when the accusations surfaced, testified that Hill had touched or rubbed her breasts, buttocks and genitals. The abuse had been going on three to four times a week for as long as she could remember.

Wednesday's testimony began with the brother of the alleged victim who said the child's reputation for truth and veracity was "not good." Another witness said the alleged victim was known to get overly angry when disciplined.

A medical expert testified Tuesday that after conducting a physical exam on the child, she believed the girl had been sexually abused.

If convicted, Hill could be sentenced to between six and 30 years in prison.

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