The third teen-age girl to take the stand in the trial of an emergency room doctor accused of 14 sex-related charges involving four girls who stayed at his homes during his daughter’s sleepovers said she asked Dr. Keith Goldblum what he was doing.
The girl said Goldblum, 59, allegedly took down the covers and tried to loosen the drawstrings of her sweatpants at a sleepover in February 2011. She was the first of the four to tell an adult about alleged wrongdoing in the basement of the Goldblum’s Washington Twp. home.
Goldblum faces nine counts of rape of children younger than 13, three counts of voyeurism and two counts of unlawful sexual conduct in Judge Michael Tucker’s Montgomery County Common Pleas Court courtroom.
She told the jury that before she went to sleep, she tied the drawstrings really tight. She testified she felt her blanket move down.
“I felt tugging at my drawstrings on my pants,” she said. “I jumped backwards and I said, ‘What the hell are you doing?’ “
She said Goldblum, like other girls have testified, said he was looking for the family cats.
The girl, who was 16 at the time, then testified that she told all the other girls in the basement, then talked to her sister and her parents. On cross examination, defense attorney Lorin Zaner asked the girl if she had put messages on Twitter about messed up dreams and jumping to conclusions. She agreed she had.
Prosecutor Erin Claypoole asked if the girl was dreaming the day of the allegations and the girl answered, “No” and that those posts had nothing to do with the allegations. The girl also said she was holding the hand of Goldblum’s daughter and received a hug from the daughter when she talked to school officials about the allegations.
The trial continues this morning.
Earlier, Maj. David Hale of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office testified about the first of two Centerville-area homes the alleged crimes happened at during a nearly nine-year period from 2002 to February 2011.
On cross examination, defense attorney Jose Lopez questioned Hale about police not noticing or investigating surveillance cameras found in Goldblum’s second house. Hale said whether or not officers see cameras depend on several factors, including what police were responding to when they enter a home.
The mother of one of the two now-teenage girls who testified Tuesday about what Goldblum allegedly did to them told jurors that she had faith in sending her daughter to Goldblum’s house for sleepovers.
“I felt more trustworthy towards him because he was a doctor,” said the mother, a registered nurse. The mother also testified in hindsight she missed signs that her daughter was acting differently.
By Mark Gokavi - Dayton Daily News, Ohio (MCT)
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