An 8-year-old girl who took the stand in the child molestation trial of a former kindergarten teacher said she wasn't telling the truth in part of a previously taped interview.
The alleged victim took the stand this morning in the Tonya Craft trial and told Catoosa County Assistant District Attorney Len Gregor that Ms. Craft had molested her at a slumber party. When she and three other girls — two are part of the case — were at the teacher's house, Ms. Craft touched her, she testified.
In cross-examination, defense attorney Demosthenes Lorandos spent several hours showing her the first taped interview in which she is talking with a social worker. In the interview, the child says that Ms. Craft had touched her on the outside of her clothes.
When Mr. Lorandos asked her if she was telling the truth, she said she had made "a mistake." Later he asked her again, "Were you telling the truth?"
She shook her head and said "no."
The trial currently is in lunch recess and will resume at 1:15 p.m. with the girl back on the stand.
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Joy Lukachick is a crime reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered breaking news, high-profile trials, stories of lost lives and of regained hope and done investigative work. Raised near the Bayou, Joy’s hometown is along the outskirts of Baton Rouge, La. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University. While at LSU, Joy was a staff writer for the Daily Reveille. When Joy isn't chasing down ...