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Sep 21, 2015 7:43 PM

First witness describes 'difficult to watch' scenes during first day of Franklin child prostitution trial


FRANKLIN - A Franklin man and his wife were arrested for allegedly selling a 14-year-old child for sex back in 2014.

On Monday, William Shine stood in front of judge and jury as the state and defense presented their opening arguments and heard from the first witness.

The state began their opening arguments with a picture of the then 14-year-old girl, followed by testimony from the man who inserted himself into the girl’s life, allegedly posing to want to have sex with her - to save the girl from a life of prostitution the Shine family created.

Shine is step father to three young girls.

Back in 2014, he was a man desperate for money and work.

“Will and Julie worried about being able to provide for their daughters," said Defense Attorney David Hendricks. "They worried about being able to provide them Christmas presents. They worried about opportunities.”

Shine was in the towing business and often was approached by people looking for spare car parts. That’s when he met Anthony O’Hickey.

“I saw how money hungry they were, and so I figured if I threw a large number like that I could kind of make rules and regulations about keeping Mark away from her,” said O’Hickey.

O’Hickey explained to the judge and jury that he came from a life of sexual abuse himself.

One night, he saw the 14-year-old girl forced into physical acts that he described as "difficult to watch."

“He was all over her," he said. "He was groping her, touching her and wouldn’t leave her alone."

He then explained the Shine couple "promised" the young girl to a man at least 30 years her senior.

The thought disturbed him and made him "think of his sisters, his fiancé, and his daughters.”

“If they had to go through anything like that you do anything you could to stop it,” O’Hickey said.

O’Hickey devised a plan with police to act as an interested party to save the girl from the men including O’Hickey’s abusive father who wanted to "have their way with girl."

The Shine’s were in it for the money, said O’Hickey, and convinced the girl these sex acts would prove a big pay day and a better life for them all.

Testimony resumes Tuesday morning.


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