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Opening statements begin in child rape case

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By Sara Belsole

COLUMBUS, GA---Opening statements began this morning in the case against 52-year-old Otis Pugh. The prosecution told the jury they have the eye witness, the DNA evidence and the victim's testimony to convict Pugh of multiple counts of rape and molestation. The defense told the jury Pugh takes responsibility for one the alleged rapes, but denies all the other charges.

The prosecution called the case "a little girl's nightmare."

Pugh was arrested in December 2010 when his girlfriend says she walked into her 13-year-old daughter's room and  found Pugh allegedly raping her daughter.

Law enforcement officials testified today that the victim told them it was not the first time she had been allegedly molested by Pugh, who lived in the same Eagle Trace Apartment.

Officials say it happened five to six other times over the course of about six months.

Officials say Pugh threatened to kill the victim's father if she told anyone.

While the prosecution says the victim provided the same testimony to three different officials, the defense says there is no proof Pugh assaulted her on any other occasion.

The prosecution told jurors the DNA in the rape kit taken from the victim matches Pugh's.

The defense says there were no bruises, cuts, or torn clothing on the victim when she was transported to the Medical Center after allegedly being raped.

The defense is asking that Pugh only be convicted of one count of child molestation.

He faces ten charges.

The State is asking for the maximum sentence of two consultative life sentences for Pugh if he is convicted.

The prosecution plans on showing the jury the victim's taped interview with a child crisis center.

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