“If the video depicts certain things happening…that doesn’t mean that my client’s not innocent. […] for example, she could be the victim.”
That was attorney Timothy Smith’s argument in defense of his client who is charged with 40 counts of sexual assault against minors.
Prosecutors accuse Nicole Dufault of assaulting five male students, all of them 15 years of age, multiple times between 2013 and 2014. The acts range from sexual conversations to oral sex. Most damning is the video of Dufault performing oral sex on one of the alleged victims, which prompted her attorney’s above comment. He also stated:
“People are victimized by juveniles all the time,” Smith said.
Yes, some people are victimized by minors. However, it is unlikely that a 35-year-old woman would be repeatedly victimized by five different high school boys in her classes over a year. It is also unlikely that the five boys would engage in the same behavior to the extent that investigators would accuse the woman of grooming the boys. It also does not explain this: Continue reading