A packed courtroom in the Imperial County Superior Court as prosecutor Heather Trapnell gives her closing statement in the molestation case of Johnnie Swaim.
But before that statement defendant Johnnie Swaim a former California Highway Patrol officer took the stand.
When his lawyer bob esinosa asked if he molested two girls... he answered adamantly he did not molest the two girls. The girls are sisters. The sisters told their mom and friends but it wasn’t until the older sister asked if the younger sister if something had happened to her that’s when she finally wanted to report the incidents.
"She decides she’s going to come forward and she tells people it’s because she’s worried about her sister and she tells you on the stand that that’s the straw that broke the camel’s back," Prosecutor Heather Trapnell said.
The younger sister claims her older sister pressured her to saying something happened and then she recanted her story. She originally told child protective services in detail what happened between her and swaim but then told the district attorney’s office it was all a lie.
"She’s clearly recanting. Doesn’t deny that she says yes he already did something to me," Trapnell said.
If the alleged sexual acts didn’t take place, Trapnell emphasized why would there be witnesses saying the girls told about the sexual acts.
"What motive do these people have to come in and lie. Is it just fun to come into court get crossed examined and lie about things for no particular reason," Trapnell said.
Swaim is charged with four counts of lewd and lascivious acts and oral copulation with two underaged girls.