“I’m not going to admit to something I didn’t do. I didn’t touch them on purpose in a bad way,” David D. Kimble told Sheriff’s Detective Michelle Asplund.
With each denial, Asplund asked Kimble to admit he molested the girls. Asplund referred to similar allegations made by the alleged victim’s sister, although there are no other criminal charges involving the other child or her siblings.
Kimble, 47, is accused of touching the girl on her vagina over her clothes. Prosecutors allege the abuse happened at least four times between August and November 2013.
Kimble is facing three to seven years in prison if convicted. He also is eligible for probation. He has been out on bond since shortly after his arrest in December 2013.
On Wednesday, both sides rested, and closing arguments are set for 9 a.m. Thursday.
The girl first told detectives the abuse happened five times. Taking the stand Tuesday, she said it happened 10 times and that Kimble pushed her on the bed and removed her clothes.
“I try telling him not to, but he doesn’t listen or he forgets,” she said in the first interview at the Child Advocacy Center.
Kimble maintained his innocence throughout the 3½-hour interview, but at times said if he did touch the girl, it was an accident or that it happened when he was playing with the child. Over and over, he said it wasn’t intentional.
His defense attorney, Matt Haiduk, has said that the girl’s stepmother put those thoughts into her head.
When Asplund asked why the girls would make up these allegations, Kimble said: “I don’t think they’re liars, I think they’re good kids.”
Assistant State’s Attorney Sharyl Eisenstein instructed the jurors to pay close attention to Kimble’s demeanor throughout he interview. He started off animated and engaging with the detective until she brought up the abuse allegations, at which time he withdrew and offered short and repetitive answers.
Kimble was not related to the girl, but he often would baby-sit her and her five siblings – sometimes overnight. The children called him “Uncle Dave” or “Daddy Dave.” The girl’s father worked for Kimble and the men were friends. Kimble also lived nearby.
McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather is presiding over the trial.