"Absolutely not. It did not happen," Richard Kelley said.
Kelley, 57, was emphatic that the two felony counts against him are false. The allegations-- lewd and lascivious conduct with a child came to light in 2010.
"Absolutely not. It did not happen. This did not happen," Kelley said.
The alleged incidents took place first in Woodstock and then in Sharon several years ago. At that time, Kelley was working as a captain with the Windsor County Sheriff's Department. The alleged victim-- who Kelley knows-- was a girl under 13. WCAX News does not identify alleged victims of sex crimes.
Ultan Doyle/Assistant Vt. attorney general: So your position is that she is lying?
Richard Kelley: I believe so, yes.
Ultan Doyle: She made all of this up?
Richard Kelley: I believe so. I don't know why, but I believe so.
The alleged victim is now a teenager and testified during the trial. Prosecutors questioned her in detail about the alleged molestation.
But Kelley's attorney, Brian Marsicovetere, said there is no evidence to back up her claims, at times attacking the teenager's credibility.
"The evidence is what matters," Marsicovetere said.
In the state's closing remarks, Assistant Vermont Attorney General Cathy Norman told the jury the victim's testimony is evidence.
"You are the sole judge on whether someone is truthful or not truthful, whether you find their testimony credible," Norman said.
The jury began deliberating a little before 4 p.m. Wednesday. The jury was sent home later that night and are due back Thursday morning. If convicted, Kelley faces a potential of 30 years behind bars.
According to the attorney general's office, Kelley faces another lewd and lascivious charge with a different victim in Orange County.
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