Teen cross-examined in Kevin Kelly internet luring trial
The lawyer representing a man charged with internet luring tried to poke holes in the credibility of the young complainant in the case on Wednesday morning.
Kevin Kelly, the former senior editor at the Newfoundland Herald and a former judge of the Miss Teen Newfoundland and Labrador pageant, is charged with luring a girl under the age of 16 over the internet.
The complainant, who was 14 years old at the time of the alleged offence, had told provincial court in St. John's that she started getting uncomfortable when Kelly told her that she had a nice chest and legs.
Kelly had contacted the teen on Facebook after he saw her at a modelling event. He told her he wanted to help advance her modelling career.
There are 92 pages of Facebook exchanges between Kelly and the teen entered as evidence.
Kelly's lawyer, Mike King, pointed out that late in those exchanges, Kelly said: "Maybe I shouldn't talk to you anymore. I love my girlfriend. But I dream about you."
The complainant had replied: "But can't we still be friends? I'm not scared of you or anything."
In court Wednesday, King argued Kelly wanted to stop communicating with her, but that she had encouraged Kelly to continue.
"I suppose so. I was 14," she told the court.
The complainant also said she felt uncomfortable when Kelly asked about her measurements.
But she also agreed it's not an unusual question in the modelling industry, and acknowledged that her measurements were posted on a modelling website.
The girl admitted that when she first went on Facebook she lied about her age, claiming to be much older than she was. She also claimed to be a student at Memorial University, even though she was still in high school.
Asked by King if she had been entirely truthful with the court, she said yes.
King also accused her of altering or deleting some of the exchanges between her and Kelly because she was afraid of getting into trouble, something she denied.
The trial resumes on July 16.