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Trial underway for former police officer charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile

Owen Ockman (Source: WAFB) Owen Ockman (Source: WAFB)

A former Sorrento and Gonzales police officer headed to court Wednesday for allegedly molesting a juvenile. 

Owen Ockman was arrested two years ago and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile. He has been out on bond since then. 

The victim said she was touched inappropriately at least 10 to 20 times. However, she said she was afraid to come forward because her alleged abuser was a police officer and if she couldn't trust him she didn't know if she could trust other law enforcement 

According to the victim, who was a teenager in high school, between May 2009 and August 2011 Ockman molested her several times at his house. Sometimes at night when others were asleep, sometimes in his pool during the day, and other times he would take her away on his golf cart. 

Defense attorneys questioned why she never stopped going to his house. A pediatric abuse doctor testified it is not unusual for children to keep seeing their abuser. 

The District Attorney's Office called five witnesses Wednesday: the victim, her family, a detective and a doctor. 

The detective testified two people told him Ockman told them when confronted "I'm sorry. I'm not calling her a liar. I don't remember."

He also testified another time Ockman told him, "It wasn't like that. She's like my kid. It wasn't sexual."

There was also talk about how the victim, who is now in college, likes to write fiction. Defense attorneys say that could mean she likes to make up stories. 

They begin their case tomorrow in the trial that has been pushed back since January.

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