Testimony in federal molesting trial ends; closings on Thursday
By Teresa Auch Schultz email@example.com July 31, 2013 4:22PM
Updated: September 3, 2013 7:08AM
HAMMOND — Testimony in the trial of a man accused of molesting a Lake Station boy during a two-week trip in 2008 wrapped up Wednesday with an FBI agent who said the defendant at first denied knowing the victim.
FBI Special Agent Matt Chicantek said during the trial at the U.S. District Court in Hammond that when he and other law enforcement agents interviewed David Alan Resnick, 33, in April 2011 at his St. Port Lucie, Fla., home, Resnick also denied owning a gun after having been convicted as a felon, and denied owning any child pornography.
However, agents found two guns they say belonged to Resnick and 66 hours of child pornography on one of Resnick’s computers, Chicantek testified.
Resnick, a semitrailer driver, is accused of taking a then-9-year-old Lake Station boy with him on a two-week trip around the northwest United States and molesting the boy throughout the trip.
He also faces counts of showing child pornography to the boy, using a gun in connection to his crimes and possessing a gun as a felon.
Chicantek provided details on some of the videos found on Resnick’s computer, including videos of young boys and girls being sexually touched by adults.
The agent said that Resnick told him and other officers during that first interview that child pornography should not be on his computer.
“He said everybody who knows him knows he does not like people who abuse children,” Chicantek said.
He also called the victim annoying and said he didn’t want to talk to the child.
Chicantek said under cross examination by Resnick’s attorney Raymond Wigell that Resnick did admit to knowing the victim, and another child who claimed Resnick touched him, after agents gave him more details about their parents.
Both sides rested Wednesday, with the defense opting to call no witnesses after Resnick, who originally planned to take the stand, decided not to testify. Closing arguments are set for Thursday morning.