Wait, keep you hands up a little longer so we can get an accurate count. Yep, that’s what we thought: Zero.
Actually, the full charge is oral copulation by anesthesia or controlled substance, which, in this case seems to refer to some booze that former Moorpark High School baseball coach, Christopher Atkinson, 26 is accused of giving to an underage girl to get her ready for, uh, some lovin’. And, not to dismiss the alleged bad behavior on the coach’s part, but on the witness stand at Atkinson’s preliminary hearing, the victim not only got a little mouthy with the defense attorney, but also admitted sneaking out the window . . . of her parent’s trailer to meet with the coach. And, according to her, it wasn’t the first time.
Again, not to downplay the coach’s bad behavior, but it does sound like something more is going on here. Guess we’ll have to wait for the trial to get all the dirty details.
The petite student calmly gave details during a preliminary hearing about how she met Christopher Atkinson at the school, how she started communicating with him on the social network, MySpace.com, and about the time he invited her to “hang out’ with him on the day he sexually assaulted her.
She testified that she snuck out of the house and crawled out the window of her trailer to meet Atkinson, who was in a black pickup truck parked just outside her window.
Atkinson drove about 10 minutes to his apartment where he played the guitar and gave her about five shot glasses filled with alcohol. She testified she woke up in his bedroom with him sexually assaulting her. She said she didn’t want to have sex with him.
Judge Kathryn Stoltz found enough evidence to hold the 24-year-old Atkinson for trial on three felony counts: rape by the use of drugs; oral copulation by anesthesia or controlled substance; and unlawful sexual intercourse with a person under 16 as well as contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a misdemeanor.
The soft-spoken girl often laughed or grinned and moved slowly from side to side while on the stand, saying she felt “awkward” testifying. At one time, however, she abruptly interrupted Atkinson’s lawyer, Bob Bernstein, who demanded that she answer his question about her text-messaging his client.
“Let me finish my story,” she told Bernstein.
The teen said she was running extra laps in school after getting into trouble in physical education class when she saw Atkinson, who authorities said was a campus supervisor.
“He said ‘hi,’ and I said, ‘hi,’ ” the girl testified, adding that later he added her as a friend on MySpace.