GREENSBORO — A judge in Guilford County Superior Court Monday told the defense attorney for a man facing sexual abuse charges of a child that he didn't meet the requirements necessary to dismiss the case.
The request came just before Guilford County Assistant Prosecutor Kelly Thompson rested her case against Randall "Randy" Lee Clawson, a former English as a second language teacher charged with multiple counts of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree sex offense with a child, sexual acts with a student by a teacher, indecent liberties with a child and sexual offense with a child by an adult.
The student testified that he was locked in a bathroom and sexually abused by Clawson multiple times between first and third grade.
The trial, before Union County Superior Court Judge Christopher Bragg, began last Monday. Thompson rested her case after four days of testimony from the child, his mother, school personnel, medical workers, a counselor and investigators who worked with the student after he told his mother what he said his teacher had been doing to him.
Randall "Randy" Lee Clawson, who taught English as a second language at the elementary school, is accused of locking a student in a bathroom and sexually abusing him multiple times over three years.
The allegations came to light in 2014, two years after the abuse began.
The boy testified Wednesday that Clawson forced him to pull down his pants and then touched the student. The boy testified he was also forced to touch Clawson.
"He told me if I told anybody he would do the same thing to my sister," the boy testified.
The trial also includes discrepancies in statements the boy made to different people including his counselor, medical workers and police, including that he was not assaulted by Clawson.
Greensboro Police Det. M.E. Nero testified Monday morning that the boy told his mother he didn't tell police everything that had happened to him because he was embarrassed.
That contention was noted by many of the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center employees who worked with the student and his own counselor.
Defense attorney Locke Clifford told the judge because of the discrepancy, including testimony from the boy's principal Aaron Woody, the state hadn't proven its case.
"This case relies on the testimony of (the student) and Dr. Woody impeached him," Clifford told the judge.
Woody testified last week that there were no locks on the door of the bathroom and that the doors were always kept open.
Clifford, along with Daniel Harris, is representing Clawson in the case.
The defense is expected to begin its case at 2 p.m. Clawson is expected to testify.