Former Oroville developer on trial for child sex abuse

Mar 11, 2014 6:26 PM

A former Oroville developer, Christopher Stephen Carter has been on trial since February 24. He faces 24 counts of child sex abuse, one count of poisoning, and has now taken the stand in an attempt to defend himself.

Carter is charged with continuous sexual abuse of an underage girl from 1999 to 2007, at which time the girl was 14-years-old. Nearly all the counts Carter faces are regarding the girl, but the poisoning charge applies to an adult female.

Carter would allegedly poison the adult female by putting a substance into her food. He then performed the sexual abuse on the minor in a bedroom.

The adult female became suspicious that she was being poisoned in May of 2011 and placed cameras in a kitchen and in the minor’s bedroom which ultimately led to Carter’s arrest and charges.

According to Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Dupre-Tokos, the prosecution called the adult female victim and the minor to the stand. In addition to the victims’ testimony, surveillance video was shown to the jury. The defense started presenting their case last Friday and yesterday afternoon Carter was called to the stand.

Court was not in session today, but Carter will be back on the stand when the case continues tomorrow.

Dupre-Tokos said she believes that the defense will rest their case either Friday or Monday.


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