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Ex-football player denies assaulting girl, claims sex consensual

Demarco Whitley leaves the courtroom at the Rolling Meadows courthouse Oct. 4, following a break in the trial. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune)

Demarco Whitley leaves the courtroom at the Rolling Meadows courthouse Oct. 4, following a break in the trial. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune)

Demarco Whitley — who survived a fatal car accident only to be accused later of sexually assaulting a girl right before the crash – broke his silence on the witness stand Wednesday.

Whitley denied that he forced a 15-year-old girl to have sex with him in a Rolling Meadows church parking lot in January 2010. He insisted the encounter was consensual, if anonymous — admitting the two never exchanged names or greetings — and that it was arranged by his friend and Glenbard West High School football teammate Pierre Washington-Steel.

The girl testified earlier that Whitley and Washington-Steel picked her up from her home, and that both forced her to perform sex acts.

After dropping the girl off at a friend’s house, Washington-Steel and Whitley crashed the car they were driving near Lombard. Washington-Steel died of his injuries days later.

Despite having signed a statement to police admitting that he had sex with the girl against her will, Whitley said the girl never said she was scared or that she wanted to leave the car, and neither he nor Washington-Steel held her down.

“She never said no,” he said.

Whitley, who was 17 at the time of the alleged attack, testified that he only signed the statement, which he said was “made up” by authorities, because he thought he would then be allowed to go home.

From the witness stand, Whitley described how Washington-Steel called the girl to make arrangements to meet on Jan. 29, 2010. With Whitley listening in on a speaker phone, Washington-Steel asked the girl if she would “knock my man back” — a slang reference to a sex act, Whitley said, adding the girl encouraged Washington-Steel to come pick her up.

The trial is scheduled to continue Thursday.

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