Corner Brook — Crown attorney Michael Fox outlined for the jury Monday some of the details he told them they might find disturbing in a sexual assault trial ongoing in Supreme Court.
Stephen Andrew Louvelle of St. George’s is accused of having a sexual relationship with a girl younger than 14. Fox told the 12-member jury the man and the girl started a romantic relationship, which in-volved having sex often. He said the girl knew it was wrong, but voluntarily got involved.
After twice experiencing a late period, the attorney said the girl told the man she may be pregnant. On both occasions, Louvelle is accused of laying the girl on the floor and stomping or jumping on her abdomen repeatedly. Fox said nobody will ever know whether the girl was pregnant, but both times she had her period within days.
Fox said the secretive relationship was not revealed until one of the girl’s family members discovered email and instant message chats between them.
The attorney said the emails contained messages of how much they loved each other and Louvelle expressing his desire for her to live with him in Alberta.
The police were contacted and the man was later arrested. The allegations are from approximately four years ago.
Louvelle is accused of touching a person for a sexual purpose, inviting a person to touch his genital area and sexually assaulting a person. Each of the charges involve a person younger than 14. He is also charged with two counts of assaulting the same female and one count of luring a child under the age of 14 using a computer system.
Fox began presenting evidence Monday, starting with Staff Sgt. Kevin Mallay, the non-commissioned officer in charge of the Atlantic Region Integrated Technological Crime Unit. He was the officer the RCMP had analyze the seized computer to retrieve the alleged communication between Louvelle and the girl.
Fox is also expected to call one other RCMP officer to provide evidence as well as the girl and two members of her family.
Louvelle is represented by Keir O’Flaherty.
The trial is scheduled to resume today. The jury is comprised of eight women and four men.
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