Wisconsin prosecutors say a Madison teen found walking barefoot and in her pajamas two winters ago had been sexually assaulted by her stepbrother, Joshua Drabek, starting when she was 9.
The teen, known as SLC, fled her home in February 2012 and later told doctors at a hospital where she was taken that she had been starved and sexually assaulted.
Assistant Dane County District Attorney Matt Moeser said the now 20-year-old man in the case assaulted his stepsister when he was 13 and the girl was 9. Drabek pleaded no contest to sexual assault charges in November 2011 in a case involving a different girl.
Defense attorney Ronald Benavides told jurors to keep an open mind when listening to testimony from witnesses.
SLC testified Tuesday about being bullied by her brother and beaten with a wiffle ball bat. She said she feared if she told adults about the sexual abuse they would not believe her.
The trial is set to continue through Feb. 28.