Alleged Rape Victim in State Trooper Trial Testifies

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

In cross examination, Defense Attorney Richard Convertino suggested a handful of times the alleged victim's testimony was inconsistent with what she said last week and in recorded interviews.

"Clear things should be clear all the way through, don't you agree?" he asked the alleged victim.

The woman worked as a waitress at Cheetah's strip club, where prosecutors say she met state police trooper Joseph Donovan. She testified Tuesday the club's manager R.J. encouraged staff to drink and be social with customers, and on that march 2008 night, ecouraged her to leave with Donovan.

"I didn't know what was going on, I'd heard R.J. a million times offer men, 'you can have this girl for money if you have the money, do you want her?' Did i read that correctly?" he read her a transcript.

"Yes," she answered.

"Those are your words?"

"Yes."

The woman testified she had been "feeling funny" and didn't know the right thing to do. She says she was scared to leave with someone she didn't know and called her boyfriend Tommy twice with her concerns.

"Why would you leave with Jo Donovan or anyone if Tommy's on his way and you now have an extra half hour to wait?" he asked.

"Because I didn't know if Tommy was on his way he just said he'll be on his way as soon as possible," she answered.

The woman says she was told she would be trespassing if she was on the club premises after 4 a.m. and was afraid Donovan, being a state trooper, would get her in trouble if she drove. She says she had been drinking that night. And she says after she was allegedly raped, she didn't go to the police station even though it was nearby.

She feared her story would be "a little harder to believe being the fact I was saying this about a cop."


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