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December 4, 2013

Paltinavich found not guilty of child rape


On Oct. 15, 2012, Paltinavich was arrested on a warrant and charged after she allegedly had sex twice with the boy that summer. She was 19 when the alleged incidents took place and turned 20 that September.

Her trial began Monday in Superior Court in Salem with the selection of a jury. Opening arguments by the prosecution and defense began on Tuesday, followed by the questioning of several witnesses, including a police detective, the boy's mother and the boy. Paltinavich took the stand yesterday, followed by closing arguments. The case was presided over by Justice Howard Whitehead.

The boy's mother testified on Tuesday that she found out about the alleged incidents after her son discovered blood in his urine later that summer. She said she had him tested the first week of September and he twice tested positive for chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease. She said her son was prescribed an antibiotic and when tested a third time the results were negative.

The mother later said she never notified police about the test that was negative and never provided police investigators with any medical records of her son being tested for a sexually transmitted disease.

The woman said her son told her he'd had sex with Paltinavich on two occasions during the summer of 2012. The boy testified that the first time was in June and the second instance was a few weeks later. The boy's mother also testified that Paltinavich had commented to her about her (Paltinavich's) boyfriend having experienced symptoms of pain when urinating.

During his testimony on Tuesday, Paltinavich's boyfriend denied ever having had a sexually transmitted disease.

Paltinavich took the stand yesterday, and denied having had sex with the boy. She also denied ever having had a sexually transmitted disease and said she went for a complete health check up shortly after the boy's mother accused her of giving her son chlamydia.

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