Below are selected excerpts from the linked article:
The Norton Middle School student is being held indefinitely in an isolated area of the Summit County Jail on the orders of Common Pleas Judge James Murphy.
The teen, jailed since Wednesday, insists she is not a sex abuse victim and is demanding a lawyer be assigned to represent her, court records show.
However, jail officials said Monday she cannot speak with anyone without permission from county prosecutors.
Prosecutors say the teen is a material witness and is being held in jail for her own protection.
But lawyers for defendant Galo Sanchez-Pesantes contend the state -- with approval from the girl's mother-- has ``effectively kidnapped'' the teen, holding her in an adult jail while denying her access to an attorney in an effort to force her testimony.
Defense attorneys Alex Folk and Karen Brouse have asked Murphy to dismiss the case against Sanchez-Pesantes.
Jail officials declined a request by the Beacon Journal to interview the girl by phone, saying no one can speak to her without permission from prosecutors. Chief Prosecutor Mary Ann Kovach said she would not permit the girl to be interviewed.
After she failed to appear in court last week, Murphy attempted to place the girl in the county's Juvenile Detention Center. But Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio blocked the move, saying she could not legally hold the girl. In court papers, Teodosio cited a federal law barring juveniles who are not accused of a crime from being placed in detention. Murphy then had the girl taken to the county jail on Wednesday.
Teodosio was unavailable for comment.
Brouse said she met briefly with the girl on Friday until a deputy ordered her to leave the jail. Before Brouse left, the girl wrote a note asking Murphy to assign her an attorney. The note was filed with the court by Brouse on Friday, but no action has been taken.``It's better for her to be confined,''
Kovach said. [My note
: Sure it is. The worlds worst abuses almost always start with some variation of "it's for your own good."]
``I'm puzzled that prosecutors want to go forward with this when they have a witness saying she didn't have sex with this man.
It seems to me they're holding her to coerce her testimony. Frankly, I think she's being illegally held.'' [
Why is this puzzling? Because prosecutors are concerned about "JUSTICE"? Sure . . . ]
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