Teen admits to lying about age during sex trial for Arona man
A high school sophomore told a Westmoreland County jury on Tuesday that she lied about her age when she went with an older man to have sex in a car at Bridgeport Dam park nearly two years ago.
“He wanted to have sex with me,” the 16-year-old testified during the second day in the statutory sexual assault trial of Brian Dulkis, a former county prison guard who is accused of luring the teen into the woods.
Prosecutors contend Dulkis, 32, of Arona met the girl, who was then 14, on a social media Internet site for adults, courted her for a day through sexually explicit text messages, then picked her up outside a teen skating session at a roller rink near Scottdale on Feb. 18, 2011.
The girl, speaking softly, told jurors that she attended special needs classes in school and described the red sweatpants and blue hoodie she wore to her meeting with Dulkis.
Defense attorney Ken Burkley questioned the teen about dozens of text messages between her and Dulkis in which she seemed to initiate the sexual discussions.
In the messages, the teen told Dulkis she was using her mother's cellphone. Dulkis directed her to destroy the text messages, according to evidence presented Tuesday.
Assistant District Attorney Jackie Knupp previously told jurors that although the teen led Dulkis to believe she was 19, her demeanor and appearance will convince jurors that the defendant should have known the girl was much younger than she claimed.
Dulkis was arrested when Westmoreland County Park Policeman William Nicols found him with the teen at night in a secluded area of the Bridgeport Dam property near Mt. Pleasant.
Nicols testified he found Dulkis naked with his pants at his ankles. The teen was unclothed below the waist, lying on the passenger seat of Dulkis' pickup truck.
“The teen said she was 19, but at that time I could tell with the way she was speaking that to me she was not 19,” Nicols testified.
During questioning later that night, Dulkis kept repeating that he believed the girl was 19, according to Westmoreland County Detective Robert Weaver.
Weaver testified that Dulkis responded to most questions by saying he met the girl on a website that came with a disclaimer that its members were all over 18.
The defense started its case Tuesday afternoon with character testimony from four witnesses, including Dulkis' ex-wife, who is the mother of his two sons.
Burkley said no decision has been made as to whether Dulkis will testify when the trial reconvenes Wednesday morning before Judge Rita Hathaway.
Rich Cholodofsky is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-830-6293 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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