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Girl testifies man raped her for years

(ran PC edition)

Asa Wayne McCabe listened Wednesday as a 16-year-old girl testified how he had begun having sex with her when she was 9.

McCabe, 36, of Dade City is charged with two counts of capital sexual battery and one count each of lewd and lascivious behavior and fondling a child. He could face life in prison if convicted.

Wearing a dark suit and a white shirt, the girl told jurors that McCabe had begun molesting her when she was 5. She said he began having sex with her almost weekly at age 9, until she was 14.

She said he also would show her pornographic videos and use sex toys on her.

After the girl's testimony Wednesday morning, prosecutors played a videotape of McCabe during questioning before his arrest. On the tape, McCabe admits having repeated sexual encounters with the girl, including oral and anal sex.

Defense attorney Daniel Hernandez told jurors that investigators coerced McCabe into confessing.

Hernandez said the admission came at the end of a long workday and McCabe was tired and had flu symptoms when he showed up for the interview.

But in the video, McCabe is seen laughing and engaging the detective in a lively discussion.

Hernandez also attacked the girl's credibility when she took the stand. He asked her about her numerous sexual encounters with other men and women during the time she said she was having sex with McCabe.

He also talked about her past drug and behavioral problems.

Hernandez, who is court-appointed, is McCabe's second attorney. After his arrest in 1998, McCabe fired a previous court-appointed attorney. Earlier this year, Hernandez complained that Judge Maynard Swanson, who is presiding over the case, is biased against men. McCabe renewed that motion Tuesday, making a rare personal argument before the judge, rather than allowing his attorney to handle the matter.

Swanson said he found no legal grounds that would require him to step down from the case.

The case is expected to go to the jury today.

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