Jerry Lee McNatt testified at his first-degree rape trial that he was so shocked by an 18-year-old woman’s lengthy kiss he could not get away.
McNatt, 63, is charged with first-degree rape by instrumentation, two counts of forcible sodomy and felonious discharge of a firearm. He is alleged to have had repeated sexual encounters at his Wainwright home between January and April 2009 with an 18-year-old woman diagnosed as mildly retarded, according to court documents.
McNatt testified that the woman would help him clean the garage and that they made several trips because the garage was messy.
During cross-examination Monday morning, Assistant District Attorney Nikki Baker asked McNatt why he did not pull away from the woman when she gave him a long kiss in the garage.
“Why didn’t you march right into the house and stop that behavior,” Baker asked.
“I was so shocked, I didn’t know what to do,” McNatt said.
McNatt said the woman stuck her hand down his pants during the kiss. He said he did pull away from her.
“Why were you close enough for her to stick her hands down your pants,” Baker asked.
Baker asked why he didn’t tell his wife, the woman’s parents or juvenile authorities about the incident.
“I pulled away, and she made a threat to me,” McNatt said.
On Friday, McNatt had testified that the woman told him if he didn’t do what she wanted, she’d get him into trouble. He also testified that after that first incident in the garage, Jan. 29, 2009, that they went back and had dinner as if nothing happened.
“If she’s 18 and it was consensual behavior, would it matter if she called the cops?” Baker asked on Monday.
On Monday, Baker asked why he couldn’t do anything about it.
“She pulled me down on her,” McNatt said.
McNatt testified Monday that he and his wife divorced in March 2009 and that his wife died in 2010.
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Closing arguments in the Jerry Lee McNatt trial are to begin at 10 a.m. today.