Trial begins for man charged with eight counts of sexual misconduct
Jurors assembled in courtroom 404 of the Rabinowitz courthouse in Fairbanks on Tuesday morning to begin the trial for Con Compton, 34, of North Pole. Compton faces eight charges of sexual assault and sexual abuse of a minor in various degrees.
According to the State, Compton began talking to a 16-year-old girl on a dating app in December of 2018. He eventually had her come to his house to babysit while Compton and his wife were working on some projects outside. At some point in the middle of the night when everyone else was asleep, the State says that Compton began showing the complaining witness sexual photos of him and his wife and then began touching the girl inappropriately.
According to the state he touched her over and under her clothes. He eventually stopped and she went to sleep. Deputy District Attorney Risa Leonard described repeated some of the statements Compton allegedly made to the jury.
"’You have daddy issues.’ ‘Do you want to see something dirty?’ ‘Your butt looks like something that would be good for child bearing.’ That's what he said to a 16-year-old baby sitter," said Leonard.
Amy Bennett, the public defender representing Compton responded saying, "This is not a sexual comment where he is trying to draw her out. He says she has daddy issues because she is on an app that she is not supposed to be on looking for trouble. They continue to talk over the next week or two and he does eventually ask her not to come out and be part of his marriage but instead to come out and baby sit."
Bennett painted the interaction in a different way saying that the first thing Compton asked her when he talked to her on the dating app was if she was 18, and when she said she wasn’t he told her she shouldn’t be there. Bennett also claimed that the entire story was made up by the complaining witness because she had gone to the house expecting to do more than just baby sit, and when it didn’t happen she was upset. Bennett said that the story is a clear case of 'he said she said' and that it is impossible to find Compton guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
The trial is expected to continue till Friday. We will have more as the process unfolds.