LIMA — The attorney representing an Elida man charged with raping a woman this summer told jurors the entire case they were about to hear rested on the credibility of the alleged victim.
“I’ll be blunt; to acquit my client you’re going to have to believe the victim is lying,” said defense attorney Carroll Creighton. “And we don’t believe you’ll find her testimony to be credible.”
Testimony then got underway in the trail of Yosmer Camejo, 28, on two counts of rape, first-degree felonies. He is charged with sexually assaulting 26-year-old Megan Estes at an Elida Road residence on June 4 of this year.
The Lima News does not typically identify rape victims but Estes gave consent on Tuesday for the use of her name and likeness.
Estes took the witness stand and, in a barely audible voice, described how Camejo made repeated sexual advances toward her on the night in question and how she rebuffed every attempt by the defendant to coax her into a sexual situation.
When Camejo kissed her against her will inside a bedroom of the home, with another occupant of the home present and looking on, Estes said she “got up and walked away … because I had a gut feeling I was going to get raped.”
Camejo, she said, followed her into another bedroom and started “playing with me” by placing his hands inside her underwear and his fingers inside her vagina. “I told him no and he got mad and walked out,” Estes testified.
The alleged victim said she called a cab and was preparing to leave the home when Camejo stopped her, threw her on his futon, pulled off her pants and underwear and began to perform oral sex on her. He then climbed atop her had sexual intercourse with Estes against her will, she told jurors.
“I kept telling him no and when I started crying he got off me,” she said.
After taking a taxi to a friend’s house the friend called police and told them what happened.
“Why didn’t you call the police yourself?” Assistant Allen County Prosecutor Kenneth Sturgill asked Estes.
“The last time I was raped it didn’t do any good; they (police) didn’t do anything,” the woman testified.
Testimony on Wednesday is expected from a sexual assault nurse at Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center, who performed a rape kit evaluation on Estes; a scientist from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation lab who analyzed the rape kit evidence; and Detective Callie Basinger of the sheriff’s office, who interviewed Estes following the incident.
Camejo was also interviewed at the sheriff’s office and told investigators the victim had been flirting with him throughout the night, which led to them having consensual sex, according to court documents.