Alleged teen victim takes stand in Butler County man's rape case hearing
Rape and related charges were held to court on Thursday against a Butler County man accused of forcing a girl to have sex for almost seven years in New Kensington.
Steffon Kilgore, 20, whose last address was listed as Karns City, at times has lived in New Kensington.
The Valley News Dispatch isn't identifying the alleged victim or where she lives; the newspaper doesn't routinely identify victims in cases alleging sexual assault.
At the preliminary hearing, the girl, now in her teens, tearfully testified that Kilgore forced her to have sex about 60 times each year.
Each time, she testified, she was physically forced or under the threat of being injured or worse. She gave details about some of the alleged assaults.
Defense attorney Scott A. White of Seneca challenged the girl's story.
“You mean to tell me you had sex 420 times and no one walked in?” he asked.
The girl said Kilgore was careful to pick times when others weren't around.
He asked whether the girl had kept a journal or diary or had any torn clothing she had worn during the alleged assaults.
“I have never kept a diary or journal. I don't do that,” the girl testified.
She testified that she didn't have any torn clothing or anything that might have Kilgore's DNA on it.
When White asked the girl whether another man had actually assaulted her and she was blaming Kilgore to cover it up, the girl said no before Assistant District Attorney Rebecca Lynn Calisti could strenuously object.
Calisti said the question wouldn't be allowed under the state's rape shield law. And, Calisti said, it wasn't true because Kilgore was the one who the girl said assaulted her.
District Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr. ruled the issue wasn't relevant at the magistrate's level.
At the conclusion of the hearing, Pallone held to court all 17 charges, including rape, assault, indecent assault and terroristic threats.
During bond review, White asked that Kilgore's bond be reduced from $250,000 to a lesser amount so he could post bond and be released from the Westmoreland County jail pending trial.
Kilgore is in protective custody because Kilgore “has received death threats” at the jail, White told Pallone.
The judge refused to reduce bond, and Kilgore was returned to jail.
Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or email@example.com.
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