Mother takes stand in sex-abuse case

By GAYLE COULTER State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Much of the second day of testimony in the sex-abuse trial of Kim Eastman in Franklin Circuit Court focused on testimony from the alleged female victim's mother.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Dana Todd noted during her questioning of the child's mother that she had not cooperated fully with the prosecution and had been issued a subpoena to appear.

The girl's mother told jurors that her daughter first told her about Kim Eastman "touching her" after she saw a special program on child abuse while a student at Elkhorn Middle School in February 1997.

"I was shocked he could do something like this," she said.

That's when she said she called police and the investigation began.

Eastman's defense attorney Guthrie True asked if there had been earlier social services interviews with the girl concerning physical abuse allegations against both her and Eastman, without any reference to sex abuse.

The mother confirmed that both she and Eastman had been the subject of earlier physical abuse interviews with social services but that there had been no mention of sexual abuse at that time.

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