A child in the care of Major Jean Paul Kruse testified on Tuesday in Union County court against the Ohio National Guard officer charged with raping her and two other young girls.
One of Kruse’s alleged victims told jurors how he touched her inappropriately six years ago when she was 8 or 9-years-old.
We are not identifying the victims in this case or their relationship to Kruse and his wife Emily, she is also charged with intimidation and tampering with evidence involved in these crimes and faces a July trial date.
The Ohio Attorney General’s Office is handling the prosecution of Kruse. Attorney Chris Kinsler claimed in its opening remarks that Major Kruse raped three children in their care, between 2006 -2012, all of them under the age of 13.
“There are people that needed to protect these girls and they failed to do that. Now the first and most obvious one is the defendant. The defendant violated that protection in the worst way possible. He is the one who should be protecting them, instead he perpetrated the abuse on them,” said Kinsler with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
Kruse’s defense attorney George Leach, used previous testimony the young victim told authorities in the beginning, in an effort to discredit her testimony today.
“The first time you said it, you said he touched me on the back? said Leach. “No I didn’t the teenage victim responded. She explained how Kruse stepped on another girl’s bed and reached up to her top bunk bed and put his hand under her nightgown.
The young girl told jurors Kruse touch her inappropriately on two different occasions while she was in bed. She eventually told an older girl and relatives, but the defense said her story changed.
“You told Child Advocacy Center it didn’t happen?” Yes! You told one relative it didn’t happen? Yes! You told a different relative it didn’t happen? No that is not true! the teen responded.
The trial could continue for two more weeks. Kruse could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted.