New Kensington man accused of molesting girl, 5
A New Kensington man molested a young girl at least twice over the 2011 Memorial Day weekend, a Westmoreland County prosecutor told jurors on Wednesday.
In her opening statement, Assistant District Attorney Judy Petrush said Omali McKay was the man who had sexual contact with a 5-year-old girl.
“The victim reported the defendant seized opportunities to sexually exploit and use this child when others were not around or paying attention,” Petrush said.
McKay, 28, is on trial before Judge Richard E. McCormick Jr. on charges of aggravated indecent assault, solicitation to commit involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault and indecent exposure.
Prosecutors contend the victim, now 8, is not related to McKay. She and her family briefly stayed with him during the holiday weekend three years ago.
Petrush said McKay improperly touched the child then masturbated in front of her as she tried to sleep.
Defense attorney Greg Cecchetti said there is no physical evidence linking McKay to any sexual crimes.
“The charges are horrific, but did they happen?” Cecchetti asked jurors in his opening statement.
McKay, a native of Trinidad, also faces federal drug charges.
Investigators contend McKay sold more than 1 pound of cocaine and possessed a .223-caliber rifle in connection with drug trafficking.
Prosecutors later amended the federal indictment when they alleged McKay conspired to sell more than 11 pounds of cocaine and a half-pound of crack cocaine in 2006.
State and federal prosecutors alleged McKay used drug money to buy a $19,000 used Lexus and a $240,000 house in Lower Burrell.
Testimony in McKay's sexual abuse trial will continue on Thursday.
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