Trial to start in child sex case
BY TERESA AUCH SCHULTZ email@example.com October 14, 2013 5:10PM
Updated: November 16, 2013 6:16AM
Jury selection in the trial of a man accused of taking a 14-year-old, special-education girl across state lines for sex is scheduled to start Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Hammond.
Carey Ray faces one charge of transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.
Federal attorneys say Ray, who was arrested a year ago Thursday, met the Hammond girl on the social website Meetme.com and started exchanging hundreds of text messages with her. He arranged to meet her on Oct. 5, 2012, near the Target in Munster. They tried to meet again the next day, but, according to court filings by federal attorneys, the girl’s mother wouldn’t let her go. When Ray asked the teenager why she couldn’t meet, she texted him, “You know everything. I am 14.”
They finally met Oct. 8. Ray picked her up in Hammond and took her to a hotel in Lansing, Ill. He gave her marijuana and alcohol. He started undressing her, and, when she objected, held her down and had sex with her, according to court filings.
U.S. District Judge Moody has ruled that for now, he will allow Kerry Connor, Ray’s attorney, to argue that her client isn’t guilty because he didn’t know the girl was 14. Connor has said in her filings that the girl lied about her age online and acted as an adult, such as by going to the hotel room with Ray.
However, federal attorneys have said they plan to present evidence that Ray called a relative soon after he had sex with the girl and admitted he knew the girl was 14.
Federal attorneys have also said they plan to offer medical evidence taken from the girl, including Ray’s semen found on her clothes and evidence from cell phones.
The government also could try to introduce evidence from five women who all say they met Ray in the past year through online social websites and that he made clear moves on all of them for sex, including some of them within just hours of him having sex with the 14-year-old girl. Moody has ruled against this evidence so far, but the government says in a court filing that the witnesses, all of whom are adults, prove Ray was so obsessed with sex, he didn’t care to stop pursuing the girl even after he found out she was 14.
The trial is expected to last three days.