A teenage girl told a court on Jan. 20 she lied to police about having sex with a relative to protect him.
Troy Estree, 46, a former police officer in Emmett Township, Michigan, is on trial for repeatedly assaulting the 17-year-old girl, who was 15 at the time.
The girl explained she reestablished contact with Estree and his family after 13 years of estrangement. The two are related, but it has not been reported how they are related.
“At the beginning it was pretty cool. It was awesome to be reunited,” she said in court, according to the Battle Creek Enquirer.
But Estree began making sexual advances, she explained: “It started with him touching me up my leg and closer to my thighs and then my private areas.”
She spent a lot of time at Estree’s home, which he shared with his wife and children. During one of these visits, the 46-year-old had anal intercourse with the girl while they watched television, she testified.
“I didn’t know what to expect, and I didn’t want to let him down,” she told the court. “If I said no he might walk out again.”
Despite her saying at one point that she no longer wished to have sex with him, they reportedly continued to do so. Estree sometimes let the girl join him while was on duty as a police officer, she testified. On one occasion, she said he assaulted her on a park bench while in uniform.
Estree was arrested in August 2014 for the string of sexual assaults, and charged with nine counts of criminal sexual conduct. He was fired soon after the arrest.
Katherine Reed, a friend of the girl, said she learned about the assaults in the spring of 2014, but promised not to report them to authorities at the request of her friend.
“She did not want to get away from him, she enjoyed the time together,” Reed told the court, the Battle Creek Enquirer reported.
Text messages sent by the girl were read out in court, showing the impact the assaults had on her.
“When you first touched me I said OK. I didn’t know what to do. Now I am used to it. I think it is normal. I feel like filth for the longest time. We are screwed up and this will never be normal again,” she wrote, according to Detective Sgt. Paul Gonyeau of Michigan State Police.
The trial continues.