Jurors sought for child sex abuse trial

By GAYLE COULTER State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Jury selection began Monday in the trial of Kim Eastman who stands accused of sexually abusing a female relative 6 1/2 years ago.

Eastman, who is being represented by Frankfort attorney Guthrie True, is accused of multiple counts on three charges that he sexually abused, sodomized and attempted to rape a female relative who lived with him while she was between the ages of 11 and 13.

True warned potential jurors that he believes his client comes in at a disadvantage simply because of the nature of the charges and urged them to question whether they could accord Eastman the presumption of innocence that he has under the law.

"The allegations against Kim are ghastly," True said. "He's starting out with prejudice against him simply because of the allegations."

The question that has to ultimately be decided by the jury is whether those allegations are proven beyond a reasonable doubt, True said.

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