Clark County jury finds couple guilty in child rape case


UPDATE @ 7:50 p.m. (Dec. 5): A Clark County jury has found a man and woman guilty on multiple charges involving child rape and sexual assault, ending more than 20 hours of deliberations over three days.

Tamara and Christopher Remy were each facing dozens of charges, including child rape, child endangering, gross sexual imposition, intimidation of a victim or witness and complicity to rape, according to court record.

The jury gave their decision to a judge just before 7 p.m. Ddozens of witnesses testified, including the three children the couple is accused of abusing.

Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 5, according to court record.

UPDATE @ 9:30 p.m. (Dec. 1): The jury deliberating the fate of the Springfield couple, accused of rape and sexual abuse involving children, has been sent home for the night.

The jury, which met for nearly six hours, will resume deliberations Friday morning.

EARLIER REPORT (Dec. 1)

A trial against a couple alleged to have sexually assaulted three children they knew has headed to a jury after more than 10 days in court.

Tamara Remy, 29, and Christopher C. Remy, who was 27 when he was arrested in February, are alleged to have participated in sexual activity with three girls all under the age of 10.

>>RELATED: Springfield couple charged in child rape case

Christopher Remy faces nearly 30 charges, including gross sexual imposition, rape and intimidation of a witness.

Tamara Remy faces nearly 20 charges, including rape, gross sexual imposition and intimidation of a witness.

In the three weeks the trial has been in court, dozens of witnesses testified, including all three of the children accusing the man and woman of abuse.

The alleged abuse occurred between March 2013 and May 2015, according to court records.

Clark County prosecutors said the three children were victimized by adults they trusted.

“The ultimate betrayal by a (trusting adult) who wouldn’t believe, who wouldn’t protect, did nothing,” Clark County Assistant Prosecutor Amy Smith said.

Clark County Assistant Prosecutor Elizabeth McCormick said in court that Tamara Remy knew about the alleged sexual assaults performed by Christopher Remy and did nothing to stop them. She said Tamara Remy then allegedly began taking part in the assaults.

Both defendants took the stand in their own defense during the trial and denied the accusations.

Defense attorneys Griff Nowicki and Adrian King, who represent the Remys, argued to jurors that the lack of physical evidence is telling in the case.

Adults want to trust children, Nowicki said, but also have to know when they’re telling lies.

“Look for a test of credibility that you use in your everyday life and apply those things to the things you’ve heard throughout these 10 days … and I believe that when you do, you’re going to find that these girls aren’t credible,” Nowicki said.

The 12-person jury consists of six men and six women.

The defense also told the jury that the time it took for the girls to report the crimes is telling.

But prosecutors argued in many cases of violent and sexual abuse against children, the victims often take years to report the crimes or never report them at all.

Witnesses for the prosecution included experts in the field of child psychology and abuse.



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