Sexual misconduct case testimony continues
NEVADA CITY – While three more women in the trial against Bobby Alvin “B.A.” Rutledge recounted tales Tuesday of being illegally strip-searched by the former jailer, one admitted that she went to dinner twice with him after he allegedly raped her in the Truckee jail.
Mary was being cross-examined by defense attorney Stephen Munkelt when Tuesday’s court session ended. The 25-year-old Auburn woman was explaining why she was seeing Rutledge and spending up to 30 minutes on the phone with him after he had allegedly sexually attacked her following her July 8 arrest for driving under the influence.
The woman also testified that Rutledge spent a night on her spare bed because he was too drunk to drive home to Truckee, following a dinner together.
“He made no advances toward you during that date?” Munkelt asked Mary.
“Did he try to kiss you?”
“Did he try to grope you?”
“He just got a little tipsy,” Munkelt finished.
“Yes,” Mary said. “I think in his mind he was dating me, but that’s not what was on my mind.”
“But still you didn’t feel comfortable telling him what was on your mind,” Munkelt asked.
Mary said Rutledge only started to leave her alone when she told him she had started to date an attorney.
“He said, ‘I guess you don’t need me anymore.’ That was my attempt to get him to leave me alone,” Mary testified.
Mary’s testimony is the latest twist in the trial against Rutledge, 30, who is charged with 29 counts of sexual misconduct while working at the jail. District Attorney
Michael Ferguson has called nine women to the stand and expects to conclude his case Thursday, barring weather delays. Several of his remaining witnesses are from the Reno and Carson City areas of Nevada.
Before Mary’s appearance on the stand, Jana testified that Rutledge forced her to strip off her top and bra following a July 4 arrest for driving under the influence.
“He made me lift my breasts and turn around,” Jana said. She refused to strip further, she said, because prior to coming to the jail she had been checked at the hospital next door to the jail during a medical examination.
Jana testified that Rutledge told her to strip when she discovered an earring in her bra that wasn’t hers. “He suggested that women often hide things in a brassiere,” she said.
Tracy was in Rutledge’s charge in the Truckee jail after being arrested in July on suspicion of hitting her boyfriend over the head with a concrete statue during a fight, the 37-year-old woman testified.
Rutledge gave her jail clothes to switch into after taking her back to the jail’s lone women’s cell, Tracy testified. The jailer stood outside the cell and watched her change into the clothes, she said.
Rutledge returned to her cell a short time later and said, “‘You really owe me a favor” for getting the charges reduced from assault with a deadly weapon to assault and battery, she testified. During her seven-hour stay in the jail, Rutledge repeatedly returned to the cell and asked her about “the favor,” Tracy said.
Finally, Tracy told jurors, she asked Rutledge, “Do you want (oral sex)?”
“He said it sounded like it would be nice,” Tracy said. Yet when he tried to force the issue, Tracy said she asked Rutledge, “Why don’t I come over and clean your house instead?”
Under cross-examination by Munkelt, Tracy admitted to having had a serious drinking problem. “Were you prone to alcoholic blackouts in 1996-97?” he asked.
“Yes,” Tracy replied. “But not that night.”
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