Girl, accused testify in child rape trial

The jury trial for a man accused of raping a 6-year-old girl finished its first day in Lycoming County Court with key testimony Thursday from the girl and her alleged attacker, Chad M. Wilcox.

“He told me it was a top-secret secret,” the girl said in a video-taped interview from March 5, 2012. “And then we did it.”

Wilcox, 30, of 329 Lowe St., denied sexually assaulting the girl or even touching her “punishment-wise.”

“No secret,” he said.

The alleged crime is reported to have happened twice in February 2012, but an exact date has not been determined, according to court testimony. Wilcox said he was working when the alleged incident occurred.

Thursday’s proceeding was the second attempt to hold a trial in Wilcox’s case. On Sept. 15, 2014, the day of the first trial, Wilcox failed to appear in court and instead fled the state, according to Detective Sgt. James Taylor, of the South Williamsport Police Department and the investigator on the case.

Wilson later was apprehended by U.S. Marshals in Benson, North Carolina, when he turned himself in to a family member on Sep. 28, 2014.

“I was upset with the way things worked out with pre-trial motions,” Wilcox said in court. “I felt railroaded.”

The girl’s credibility was questioned after she reportedly told Kyle Rude, the defense attorney originally assigned to Wilcox’s case, that “she thinks what happened with Chad was a dream.”

Rude testified the girl said it seemed like “it was fake a little bit.”

Knowing he would need to testify to this, Rude took himself off the case and gave it to defense attorney Michael Rudinski.

Rude said a recording was made of the conversation that he sent to the district attorney’s office. However, no record of the recording could be found.

But, roughly a week after the interview with Rude, the girl testified in a preliminary hearing and said nothing about the incident being a dream, according to court records.

The jury will deliberate and return a verdict in the case today.