A Michigan cop faces life in prison for allegedly raping a 15-year-old relative by using Family Guy TV episodes as foreplay, violating her while on duty, and plying her with a secret cellphone and booze, before dumping her with a dose of his herpes.
The distraught girl, now 17, took the witness stand for five hours Wednesday on the second day of Troy Estree’s trial in Calhoun County Circuit Court. Back in 2014, she testified, the 46-year-old Emmett Township policeman took a shine to her after 13 years of estrangement.
“It was awesome to be reunited,” the teen testified, according to The Battle Creek Enquirer.
Officer Estree has been charged with nine counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
The married officer, who has two kids, allegedly first put the moves on the girl inside his house while they were watching the television show Family Guy.
“It started with him touching me up my leg and closer to my thighs, and then my private areas,” the teen testified. “I didn’t know what to do. He started rubbing my thighs and up to my vagina.”
The underage girl tried to please the alleged sex predator. “I didn’t know what to expect, and I didn’t want to let him down,” she said. “If I said no, he might walk out again.”
Estree, according to the trial coverage in The Battle Creek Enquirer, gave the girl a cellphone on which they traded messages.
Then the cop allegedly invited the girl over for sleepovers where she would get tipsy with whatever alcohol he offered. And, again while watching Family Guy, Estree and the girl were sitting on the couch when he allegedly proceeded to pull down her shorts and they began having anal sex. “I don’t remember what he said, but he was probably kissing my neck,” the young girl recalled of the alleged fiend’s attempts to show affection.
The girl testified that she felt used and told him “I didn’t want to do it anymore.”
“I felt like trash,” she recalled, “and he responded, ‘OK.’”
But the cop apparently wouldn’t call it quits.
Secret rendezvous in the basement of his house—with family members present upstairs—allegedly continued unabated. In another incident, Estree allegedly took advantage of the teenager while showing off his camper. He said he “wanted oral sex,” she testified.
Once inside, she told the jury, “I blocked out what I was thinking.”
The romps for the impressionable virgin weren’t sinister but appeared to be a kind of courtship, according to her testimony.
“I enjoyed it,” she said. “It was like a relationship thing. Now I know I had sex with [him], and it destroyed a whole family. It felt good. I had not had sex before and it felt good. I saw him more as a friend.”
Then the cop apparently became all the more brazen.
He brought the girl along while he was running on calls.
And in multiple instances, according to the paper, Estree assaulted her while wearing his police-issued duty belt: one time at a construction site; another when they were sitting on a bench in a park; and yet another time when Estree allegedly raped her on the trunk of his police cruiser.
There was no need for any more Family Guy episodes or alcohol to trigger the sex. Just a look, she testified.
“We both gave each other a look, and then there was caressing and kissing and touching each other,” she said. “It felt more like a boyfriend.”
On Aug. 12, 2014, the teen was quizzed by a Michigan State Police detective about her relationship with Estree.
Her first impulse was to lie. Protect the alleged rapist cop.
She “invented” a boy named Brock—playing off the nickname she gave Estree, “Bro”—and told the detective she and the boy had been engaged in a sexual relationship. She kept her story consistent during therapy sessions.
Eventually, when pressed on the matter, she caved. She told the state investigator the truth.
“I guessed [the investigator] already knew,” she said. “I knew she knew I was having anal sex with [Estree].”
The teen admitted she hadn’t been forthcoming. “I made it up because I didn’t know what else to do to cover up for [Estree]. I made them up because I was still trying to protect [him]. I was trying to limit his years in prison,” she testified in court Wednesday.
Officer Estree’s attorney, Keeley Heath, attempted to debunk the girl’s rape claims by entering as evidence an episode of Family Guy to prove that the girl, an avid fan of the comedy show, had cooked up the illegal sex story after watching a particular episode. But the judge shot down the claim.
When reached by The Daily Beast, Heath refused to answer any questions.
Meanwhile, the traumatized teen’s Kalamazoo, Michigan-based pediatrician, Colette Gushurst, confirmed that an Aug. 19, 2014, exam revealed that Officer Estree’s accuser had been infected with herpes.
The girl confided to the pediatrician that she had anal sex with the cop and “volunteered that [Estree] gave her oral sex, too” before telling the doctor, “That is probably where I got the herpes.”