Monday, July 28, 2008

David Stamm - Youth baseball coach calls his victim a liar

The former youth league baseball coach accused of child molestation took the stand in his own defense Monday.

David Stamm talked about having sex with the alleged victim, about pornography on his computer and about hiding his own sexuality.

On the witness stand, Stamm said he had sex with the alleged victim on at least four occasions, but he said it was consensual and only happened after the alleged victim turned 18.

Last week, the alleged victim told the jury that Stamm began molesting him when he was 14 years old.

Stamm said that story started going around town and that's when he offered to pay the alleged victim $5,000 to recant.

Stamm said he's gay and he hid his homosexuality because if it got out he feared it would ruin a batting cages business he once owned.

"It's a jock place for guys to come in and talk about jock stuff," Stamm said. "It's just a very macho type of store, not the right place for me to be. I wasn't a hairdresser where people would expect it. I just knew it would ruin the business if it came out."

Stamm denied molesting the alleged victim and that he inappropriately kissed another 14-year-old who once lived with him.

Stammd did admit to downloading gay pornography on his computer, but it was adult pornography and not child pornography.

Stamm is expected to be back on the stand Tuesday.

If convicted of all charges, Stamm could face 10 years in prison.

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