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Tearful testimony from alleged rape victim


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(NECN: Lauren Collins) - There was tearful testimony today from a woman who says she was raped as a teen in New Hampshire. She says her church humiliated her into covering up the whole thing.
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When Tina Anderson told Ernie Willis she was pregnant with his baby, she remembers him offering to take her out of state to get an under-aged abortion. "I vehemently said no and then he offered to punch me in the stomach as hard as he could because that could cause a miscarriage," she said on the stand in the final day of this trial. That was in 1997 when both were members of the conservative Trinity Baptist Church in Concord. Their pastor made the pair apologize for in front of the entire congregation and arranged for Anderson to stay with a family in Colorado until she gave birth. This trial twists around themes of shame and secrecy, but settles on whether a married father forced himself on a girl half his age.

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Tearful testimony from alleged rape victim

Prosecutor Wayne Coull had the final word in this trial Thursday with closing arguments. "The 39 year old man wants you to believe that while riding in a car with his 15 year old babysitter he just poses out of the blue a question, 'Oh hi Tina, would you like to engage with sexual intercourse with me?'" Willis - now in his 50s - faces four charges in connection with two alleged incidents. He's denies offering to end Anderson's pregnancy. "I never said that in any way shape or form," he said on the stand. He says yes, he had sex with the girl, but just once, and it was consensual. "I am guilty of that charge," he said, "and I want the jury to know that I'm going to go right to prison and be punished for my actions." The state contends Willis only admits to what is irrefutable: He is the father of the child Anderson put up for adoption. "It's not a measure of his credibility," said Coull. "It's a measure of his being caught red handed and trying to explain it away. "

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