King viewers query prosecutor about rape case

January 06, 1994|By Staff Report

Carroll Assistant State's Attorney Kathi Hill appeared on the "Larry King Live" show Tuesday night to answer questions from Cable News Network viewers nationwide about a controversial child sexual abuse case she is prosecuting in Frederick County.

As a guest on the show for about a half-hour, Ms. Hill talked about the case, in which a 27-year-old mentally retarded teacher's aide is charged with raping an autistic girl. The case is rare because the girl's accusations have been made through the use of a facilitator, who interprets what the child is saying as she types on a computer.

The case is the first of its kind in Maryland.

On the show with Ms. Hill were Scott L. Rolle, the defendant's attorney and several people knowledgeable about communication using a facilitator.

The appearance was a first for Ms. Hill, who said, "It was really great to meet Larry King. It was different than anything I ever experienced in a courtroom."

Pretrial motions in the case are scheduled for Monday in Frederick County Circuit Court.

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