Jury foreman 'scarred' by details of child abuse
Updated On: Oct 12 2012 06:49:40 AM EDT
The foreman of the jury that found a father guilty of allowing a convicted sex offender to sexually abuse his 9-year-old daughter is speaking out about the trial.
Gerald Eastwood told Channel 4 that his memories of the Christopher Perry trial continue to impact him.
"I told my wife I feel that I am honestly, emotionally scarred from this thing," said Eastwood. "I'll get over it eventually. But this 9-year-old-girl. My heart goes out to her. I don’t think shell ever be the same."
The jury deliberated for less than three hours before finding Christopher Perry, 42, guilty of all eight charges, including sexual battery, conspiracy to commit sexual battery, lewd and lascivious molestation and child neglect.
Eastwood, a grandfather, said it was difficult to listen to three days of emotional, graphic and heartbreaking testimony.
"I stopped and in my heart was going, 'Okay, what if this was one of your kids? How would you have reacted?' And it broke my heart," said Eastwood.
Eastwood said he and the jury had to set emotions aside and focus on the law and the evidence before them.
The judge sentenced Perry to six consecutive life sentences and 45 years in prison, the maximum allowed by law. But Eastwood said nothing could ever be too harsh for the father.
"It was hard especially to know [the victim] wasn’t an adult. We're talking about a 9-year-old girl that was put through that trauma," said Eastwood.
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