Major Jean Paul Kruse is on trial for allegedly raping several children who were under his and his wife’s care.
The Union County jury heard testimony from several of those children, who allege he sexually abused them in 2012. Kruse took the stand on Wednesday and denied ever touching the children inappropriately.
Kruse and his wife Emily cared for 10 children before Children’s Services removed them August 12. An investigation into Kruse began in September 2012.
Kruse’s defense attorney George Leach told the jurors in his closing argument, “When you deliberate you will see the evidence shows there were too many ‘yeses’ and ‘nos’ in the children’s testimony and you should find that Jean Paul did not rape those children.”
The Ohio Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting the case for Union County. Their attorneys will give their final closing argument Thursday afternoon and the judge will give the jury their instructions before they deliberate Kruse’s fate. If convicted, he could face up to life in prison.