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UPDATE: Rape trial begins for ex-Glenbard student Whitley

The rape trial of former Glenbard West High School student Demarco Whitley opened this morning with the state and the defense providing conflicting accounts of whether the alleged victim consented to having sex.

The girl, who was 15 at the time of the alleged sex assault in January 2010, was set to take the stand this afternoon as the trial’s first witness.

In her opening statements, Assistant State’s Attorney Maria McCarthy said Whitley and his friend and former teammate Pierre Washington-Steel picked up the girl from her home and took her a secluded church parking lot nearby in Rolling Meadows.

Washington-Steel told her to “hook up” with Whitley, locked the car doors after she protested, pulled her to the front seat by her neck and forced her to perform a sex act on him before Whitley then forced himself on the girl, McCarthy said.

But Whitley’s attorney, Donna Rotunno, countered that “never one time did she say no. Not one time did she put up a fight.” Rotunno also said the girl did not display any scratches or other injuries after the encounter and suggested she lied about consenting to the sex because she had another boyfriend.

Whitley was charged more than a year after the allegedly assault because, an hour after it occurred and after dropping off the girl, he and Washington-Steel were seriously injured in a car crash. Washington-Steel died from his injuries about a week later. Rotunno said Whitley has little memory of the encounter with the girl.

Prosecutors said the girl reported the incident the following day to her mother, who contacted police. McCarthy said Whitley’s DNA was found inside the girl, on her underwear and on a condom that was left behind in the church parking lot and which was later located by police.

Whitley has been out on $50,000 bond since his arrest. If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison.

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