Defense Gets Case in Polston Trial, Tries to Create Doubt

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

The former Okemos High School teacher whom the alleged victim first confided in after graduation, took the stand Wednesday.

"I told her she should contact the police or tell her parents," Emalie Karp said. "I believe I was the first person she told."

That was 2007, what followed was the victim coming to a monetary settlement with William Polston. Fast forward to December 2009, Karp said she told another Okemos teacher the story, and that's when the school district got involved.

"Someone contacted us about an alleged relationship between a teacher and a student," Superintendent Catherine Ash testified, "by law we are required to report it to police and we did."

Superintendent Ash testified the district planned to investigate internally after winter break that year, but Polston resigned via email before they had a chance.

The Meridian Township Police lead detective was the final witness for the prosecution. During his investigation, he testified he had several meetings with the victim.

"She was very upset, she would cry when discussing the matter, the sexual relationship with Polston," Detective Andrew Tobias said.

In cross examination of Tobias, Defense Attorney Frank Reynolds tried to poke holes in the case. For instance why the detective didn't include in his report that the victim didn't initially recognize Polston's house when she saw a picture

The attorney who negotiated the settlement testified she gave the victim all the options, and she chose the settlement, the later declined to push that Polston be banned from teaching.

"When she realized if he were out of teaching, he wouldn't be able to pay, she changed her mind," Attorney Randi Black said.

Testimony which goes along with Reynold's opening statement that he believes this case is really about money.

The defense will continue its arguments Thursday. The jury could get the case as early as Thursday afternoon.

Before Wednesday's trial even got started, one juror had to be dismissed after having a conversation with one of Polston's family members after court Tuesday.


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  • by Tony on Jan 13, 2011 at 01:29 PM
    This has nothing to do with someone being a lawyer or not. When someone has there cards laid in front of them with all options, and the person picks money (or we shall call it bribery) over illegal acts. Well then you get what you get. What he did was wrong and I would hope that as a parent you would teach your daughters that money is the answer over what's wrong. In my eyes this is bribery gone bad or an expensive call girl.
  • by Sans on Jan 13, 2011 at 07:21 AM
    I agree the guy should be prosecuted. I wonder why the girl to a settlement, and her parents allowed her to do so? Why weren't charges filed previously? Sorry folks but when something walks like a duck and talks like a duck... I think the guy is a scum bag a should go to prison, but yes I think on the girl's part it a bit about money. By the way I am female and have daughters.
  • by Dan Location: Lansing on Jan 12, 2011 at 08:25 PM
    Are you serious? About money? Mr Lawyer, do you have a daughter? How can you say such a thing you pig. I can't understand how any person would defend such an act. To me it just helps diminish the accountability standard in our country. Chalk another one up for the State Bar. Disgusted
  • by Tony Location: lansing on Jan 12, 2011 at 04:50 PM
    Good choice of wording David Andrews. This case seems to be more about not getting there money then being raped. The wrong doing here was an adult having sex with a minor not rape. The sexual encounter did not take place just once. So at one time there must have been consent. I don't believe you go 6yrs and then decide it was a illegal act. What he did was wrong, byt then again so is extortion .
  • by will on Jan 12, 2011 at 03:06 PM
    why wasnt he arrested way back in 2007 and why didnt the state pick up the charges and why would it even be up to her to decide if he should still be able to teach its like the guy is a famos person that dosent have to pay for his action. Child mosleters should be exicuted because they kill the child they prey on there victims will never be the same again
  • by Johnny Location: Onthespot on Jan 12, 2011 at 03:02 PM
    Poke testimony full of holes? Really David Andrews? Not such a good choice of words to lead off your broadcast on a rape trial.
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