People v. WilsonAnnotate this Case
Defendant was convicted of 12 counts of lewd acts against a child younger than 14, the daughter of his live-in girlfriend (Pen. Code 288(b)(1)), and one count of continuous sexual abuse of the same child (288.5(a)). He was sentenced to a total prison term of 104 years. The court of appeal affirmed. While the trial court abused its discretion in admitting the testimony of a prosecution expert on child abuse, Dr. Urquiza, that studies show only a very small percentage of allegations of child sexual abuse are false, and in failing to instruct the jury that the section 228.5 count was an alternative to the 12 counts of specific lewd acts, those errors were harmless. The court rejected arguments that the trial court abused its discretion in admitting the testimony of his former wife, who testified he raped her, and of her son, who testified defendant sexually abused him when he was a young child and that the trial court abused its discretion in precluding medical testimony by defendant’s expert witness and admitting testimony by the prosecution’s expert about child sexual abuse accommodation syndrome.