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Rape case now rests in jurors’ hands

Deliberations have begun in the case of John Bump, 42, of 715 W. Chillicothe Ave., Apt. 5, accused of rape and gross sexual imposition.


Logan County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Eric Stewart questions defendant John Bump Wednesday.


Closing arguments concluded about 11:30 a.m. Thursday and now eight women and four men must decide if the defendant is guilty of sex crimes committed against two children between 2005 and 2008.

“The defendant showed this girl videos of people engaging in sex acts as a way to teach her, to groom her,” Chief Assistant Prosecutor Eric Stewart said in his final pitch to jurors. “These children were terrorized by John.”

Defense attorney Marc S. Triplett called the amounts of reasonable doubt “abundant.”

“My intention here is not to pick on a child,” he said, “but assessing the credibility of a witness includes the reasonableness of testimony and I submit to you the conflicts and problems with the statements made are not insignificant.

“The purpose of our legal system is not to defend the negative,” Mr. Triplett continued, observing a lack of physical evidence. “He shouldn’t have to answer the question ‘why would a child lie?’ ”

In his rebuttal, Mr. Stewart said the victims’ testimony was all the physical evidence required.

“The physical evidence we provided includes two children with deep emotional scars,” he said. “I’m asking for you to use reason and common sense in evaluating this case.

“If you believe one of the victims beyond reasonable doubt, you must convict.”{jcomments off}

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