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Huntington man denies sexually abusing young girl, claims she was inspired by '50 shades of Grey'

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Scott Riley (Source: Angelina County Jail) Scott Riley (Source: Angelina County Jail)
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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - In the second day of the ongoing jury trial for the Huntington man accused of sexually abusing a young girl multiple times, Scott Charles Riley took the stand and denied touching the girl inappropriately.

Riley, 33, also claimed that the girl is lying and that she was inspired to make her claims by the novel “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Scott Charles Riley was arrested and charged with continuous sex abuse of a child under 14 in March 2013 for allegedly molesting a young girl on multiple occasions. Riley’s trial is being held in Judge Paul White’s 159th Judicial District Court.

According to a previous story, Riley posted his $50,000 bail and was released from the Angelina County Jail one day after his arrest.

Riley pleaded not guilty to the charges read to him by the state.

The defense team called Scott Riley as its first witness after the state rested Tuesday morning. Riley said he never inappropriately touched the victim.

The defense established that Riley bought the RV/camper in November 2011 via registration records. The defense also presented Riley’s work records where Riley confirmed that he worked the majority of November and December out of the area.

Riley said that he did not see the victim in June or July or November of 2011. Then he said he only saw her a few days the other months and only at her brother’s house.

During his testimony, Riley told the jurors that one time, he saw nude pictures on the victim’s phone. He also said he told the victim’s mother there were those-type of pictures, but he deleted them.

Riley said he believes the victim is getting a lot of “this” from “Fifty Shades of Grey” in addition, he said he believed that the victim introduced the book to her mother.

Riley reaffirmed to the state under oath that he never had long visits with the victim more than two or three days at a time and never alone. Riley went on to say that the victim is lying.

While on the stand, Riley also said that he believes it was not beyond the victim’s sophistication to know about the types of things she described happened to her in her testimony. The defendant also said he believes the victim was acting in the videotaped statement and that she was being dramatic.

Earlier in the day, the trial started with the jury watching the remainder of the victim's taped interview statement.

The victim's mother was the first witness to take the stand on Tuesday morning for the state. She began recalling the night her daughter told her of the alleged abuse. The mother said her first thought was fear when her daughter told her she had to tell her something.

The victim's mother said her daughter told her all the different ways the defendant touched her inappropriately. She also said her daughter, the victim, cried the whole time she told her what had happened to her.

The mother said she was worried about the reaction she had in front of her daughter when the victim told her what had been going on, so she tried to hold it together the best she could. The mother said that the victim came to her and told her recently that she was afraid to testify in court this week.

The mother said she has seen a change in her daughter’s behavior since the victim told her about the alleged abuse. She said that sometimes she finds that her daughter is quiet and withdrawn, and other days she's fine.

The mother said she had been taking her daughter to counseling in the beginning but stopped because she said her daughter hated going and hated talking about what happened. The mother said she decided that if she was crying and upset about going to the counseling, then it really wasn't helping at the time.

The mother said the reason her daughter told her about the abuse was because the victim said her sister was getting older and she was afraid something might happen to her too.

The defense asked the mother if there were ever any behavioral problems with her daughter before the outcry and the mother said nothing that was out of the ordinary.

The defense also called Riley's younger brother and two of Riley's friends as witnesses. All of whom said that they were shocked and surprised when they learned of the allegations against Riley.

Monday's testimony began with the victim, a young girl, taking the stand and telling the court her version of the alleged molestation including the estimated number of times the molestation occurred. The victim also said after the reported sexual abuse the defendant would apologize and say he would never do it again.

Both sides rested their cases after lunch Tuesday afternoon. The defense asked Judge White for a recess until Wednesday morning so that lead council could be present to give closing arguments. The judge was visibly upset by the request and said that he really did not want to waste the citizens' time but granted the request and apologized to the jury for the delays.

Closing arguments are due to begin at 8:30 a,m. Wednesday morning.

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