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Sep 22, 2015 5:48 PM

Shine Trial Day 2: Franklin teen allegedly sold into prostitution takes stand


FRANKLIN - Tuesday was day two of testimony at Merrimack Superior Court as Franklin's William Shine stands trial after he and his wife allegedly shopped around a 14-year-old girl, exchanging money for sex with the child.

The victim in the case took the stand, but not until later in the day.

Witness Anthony O’Hickey started the day on the stand.

The state’s attorney described a growing relationship O'Hickey had with the Shine family via text messages, earning their trust.

“I kinda want to see if you know, maybe I could get a hotel and f*** tomorrow,” read one text message.

When asked why he used such foul language, O'Hickey said, “You got to play the part."

“They fitted me with a body wire and gave me $1,000 in marked bills," he said. "I counted it out, and then Will took it."

The defense pointed out that perhaps O’Hickey’s self-insertion was not the best way to remedy the situation.

They asked, during cross-examination if O’Hickey ever thought of consulting a shelter or contacting DCYF for the child.

O’Hickey replied, “I didn’t want to be 40 years old and regret not doing it.”

It was brief, but the young girl took the stand.

She was obviously shy and nervous, even crying when she had to identify Shine.

“Is this hard for you to talk about?" asked attorney David Rotman.

The girl replied, "Yes."

Rotman went on to ask, “Even before you met Mr. O’Hickey that summer time, do you remember the defendant talking about selling you for sex?”

The girl also replied, "Yes."


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