Grandfather: ‘I have nothing to hide’ in family rape case

Robert Jamieson took the stand Monday afternoon in his own trial. Jamieson, 63, is charged with felony rape, sodomy, incest and sexual abuse.

A Radcliff man accused of sexually assaulting his granddaughter numerous times over a seven-month period in 2017 denied Monday he did it.

For around 45 minutes, Robert Pat Jamie­son, 63, provid­ed testimony. Jamieson is accused of sexually assaulting his then 11-year-old granddaughter. The assaults, the victim said, started on her 11th birthday in 2017 and ended on Christmas Eve of the same year.

Jamieson was arrested Jan. 5, 2018, four days after the girl told Lorrie Jamieson, who she said she considers her mother, about the alleged assaults. He also was indicted three weeks after he was arrested on three Class A felony charges of first-­degree rape; first-­degree sodomy and in­cest, all pu­n­ishable by 20 to 50 years, or life in prison, if convicted; one count of first-degree sexual abuse, a Class C felony pun­ishable by five to 10 years in prison, if convicted and third-­de­gree terroristic threatening, a misdemeanor.

In several short statements, Jamieson denied sexually assaulting his granddaughter, now 13, and said the girl never expressed fear while around him.

Jamieson said his granddaughter was not allowed in his bedroom and he would scold her whenever he found her in the bedroom.

Jamieson also recalled when he was interrogated by Kentucky State Police in January 2018. Jamieson said he was asked to go to Kentucky State Police Post 4 to talk to a detective. Jamieson did not go to the interrogation under his own will.

“I didn’t have a choice. He handcuffed me and put me in the back of a police cruiser,” he said of state police Detective Ken Borders.

Jamieson said during the interrogation, Borders accused him of lying and a state police sergeant told Jamieson to confess. Jamieson said he offered to give the password to electronic devices seized from his home.

“I have nothing to hide,” he said.

Several witnesses testified Monday morning regarding DNA found on two sex toys in Jamieson’s Radcliff home. Hartman asked three KSP forensics lab employees if any DNA found of both Jamieson and his granddaughter could have gotten on the devices in a number of ways, such as coughing, sneezing or touching them in “a nightstand” and not necessarily in a sexual way.

“That’s correct,” said Megan May, a forensics biologist.

Following Jamieson’s testimony, public defender Erin Hartman rested her case and the jury left the courtroom.

On the opening day of the trial Friday, the girl said Jamieson told her to get undressed while in his bedroom and he would kill her or himself if she told anyone about an alleged assault. The victim said the first time Jamieson allegedly assaulted her was on her birthday when he told her to go into his bedroom as he sat in his living room recliner. She did and when he joined her, he told her to get undress­ed and she did. So did he, tel­l­­ing her “Happy birthday” as he did, she said, and he then made her get into his bed.

The jury is expected to receive the case Thursday morning following closing arguments.

Trey Crumbie can be reached at 270-505-1747 or tcrumbie@thenewsenterprise.com; Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at 270-505-1757 or jdalessio@thenewsenterprise.com.

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