11/18/16 – 5:12 A.M.
An Arlington teenager charged with rape testified on his own behalf Thursday. The Courier reports 19-year-old Kyle McDowell took the stand along with several of the alleged victim’s former friends. McDowell said he was dog-sitting for a neighbor on October 11 of 2014 when the girl came over to visit. He said the two began kissing and had consensual sex.
Earlier in the trial, the prosecution said McDowell sent the girl several text messages following the night in question. Many of the texts said he felt guilty for what happened. McDowell explained he felt bad because he didn’t stop them from having sex, didn’t use a condom, and put the girl at risk of getting pregnant. He added he had just broken up with his girlfriend and still had feelings for her.
The defense also called nine of the girl’s former friends and boyfriends. They testified the alleged victim had a history of not telling the truth.
The trial continues today.
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