Girl tells court she was fon­dled at day home

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The kids knew him as Papa Ken.

And ac­cord­ing to at least one of them, he re­peat­edly sex­u­ally as­saulted them, court heard Mon­day.

In a video­taped in­ter­view played in the sex­ual as­sault trial of Cal­gar­ian Ken­neth Al­fred Jenk­in­son, a then-nine-year-old girl told a po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tor she was reg­u­larly fon­dled by the ac­cused.

With the girl, now 11, sit­ting in a re­mote room and watch­ing her in­ter­view via video link, Crown pros­e­cu­tor played the May 20, 2016, in­ter­view for Court of Queen’s Bench Jus­tice Michele Hollins.

The girl said the last time she was touched by Jenk­in­son, now 71, was in the sum­mer of 2015.

“He wanted to show me what he was work­ing on down­stairs,” she said of the babysit­ters, who along with the ac­cused’s wife, minded the child at an un­li­cenced, pri­vate day home.

She said she wanted to leave, but Jenk­in­son asked her for a hug. He then hugged her twice, the girl said in the in­ter­view.

“He gave me a hug and then an­other hug,” she said. “He wanted me to sit on his lap. Af­ter he gave me two hugs I sat on his knee ... and when I sat on his knee he put his hand down my shirt.”

She told the de­tec­tive the ac­cused was rub­bing her breasts “and I didn’t like it.”

“I was too scared to say stop,” she said. “It hap­pened a lot. I don’t know how much times. Like ev­ery day I went there,” she said.

Un­der cross-ex­am­i­na­tion by de­fence lawyer James Wy­man, the girl ac­knowl­edged she and the other two com­plainants be­came good friends while at the day home.

And she agreed she had a dis­cus­sion with one of the girls about be­ing touched by Papa Ken.

But she de­nied a sug­ges­tion by Wy­man that she and the other girls dis­cussed their al­le­ga­tion while wait­ing to speak to po­lice.

Jenk­in­son faces two charges each of sex­ual as­sault and sex­ual in­ter­fer­ence in­volv­ing three girls who at­tended the day home.

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