Michael Horton was in court for charges of abuse. (Source: Metro Jail)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -
The second day of trial for a former teacher's aide accused of abuse was Tuesday.
The victim, who is now 17, finished up his testimony this Tuesday morning, although the defense did put in the request to recall the witness if they need to.
The prosecution entered one of the victim's journal entries into evidence.
The defense asked the victim to outline his timelines.
He moved here from Louisiana after Katrina in 2005. He lived with his mother in a Huntsville apartment for about a year before moving in with Michael Horton.
The victim then moved to Texas to live with his father and now lives in Decatur with a family.
The defense questioned why the victim was resistant to prosecution in the past. He said he had concerns over his mother traveling to and from Decatur because she is disabled.
He also said he felt the cop car the DA offered to provide for transportation would be too uncomfortable.
The victim said he never told anyone that he didn't want to prosecute Horton. He said he had problems with a specific prosecutor in the DA's office.
The victim claimed Horton abused him, sexually and physically, by whipping him, almost every day.
He first told a Children's Advocacy Center in Dallas about the abuse. That was videotaped and sent down to Madison County for investigators to review.
The video tape will possibly be entered into evidence and viewed in the courtroom during the trial. The video was recorded in 2009.
The defense questioned what the victim said in the video versus what he has been saying on the stand. For example, in the video, the defense said the victim said the abuse only happened three times. On the stand, he said it happened every day.
In the portion of the victim's journal entered into evidence, he admits to seeing his cousin have sex at a young age.
The victim testified that he asked his guardian about getting the DA to buy his “foster family” tires and gas so that he could get to court from Decatur.
When the defense asked the victim why he didn't tell anyone about the abuse, the victim said he thought it was just what guys did. The victim testified that he was previously molested at the age of 6 by a cousin, so he just thought what Horton was doing was “what dudes were supposed to do.”
The defense said he could have told multiple people about what was happening, but the victim told prosecution that he trusted Horton and thought if he told, he'd be "ratting Horton out."