Nurse gives details in child sex abuse case |

Nurse gives details in child sex abuse case

William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Betty Wilson is a sexual assault nurse examiner at Barton Memorial Hospital. On Thursday, she testified on the medical condition of a 4-year-old boy who accused Rudolph Christopher Steele of sexually molesting him.

Wilson, short in height but compassionate in voice, testified in El Dorado County Superior Court regarding her medical examination of the boy on Aug. 12.

She told the court that during the examination the child complained of a sore bottom. When Wilson repositioned him for examination, a spot of blood appeared on the examination table’s tissue paper, she said.

This meant the child hadn’t healed from Steele’s alleged long-term sexual abuse.

During the medical examination, Wilson said the child told her the suspect did not use protection. Police say Steele is a suspected intravenous drug user.

After Wilson finished her testimony about 4:15 p.m., the child testified privately to the court inside the jury room.

A motion filed by Deputy District Attorney Peter O’Hara on Wednesday requested the private testimony to keep the identity of the child unknown.

Steele, his face hidden by a brown beard and draped with long scraggly hair, sat next to his attorney and spoke few words. His shackled hands rested on his lap.

On cross-examination, Deputy Public Defender Simon Harvey questioned Wilson on the sequence of events during the medical examination, the blood on the paper and alternatives for the boy’s injuries.

The preliminary hearing is scheduled to continue at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Steele was being held on $200,000 bail on charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child, willful harm or injury to a child, mayhem and a misdemeanor charge of exposing himself with an infectious disease.

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