Ricky Portis trial continues in Laurel

Ricky Portis trial continues in Laurel

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The trial for Ricky Portis, who is charged with sexual battery of two children, continued in Jones County Tuesday. One of the children was 8 years old at the time, and the other was 9 years old.

Jurors were presented with video testimony from the two alleged victims. Two expert witnesses were also presented and stated that through their forensic investigations, the two young girls had indeed been the victims of sexual assault.

Olga Kahle, a child psychologist, interviewed the girls and had them reenact what Portis did using anatomically correct dolls. Kahle worked at the time of the investigation for Wesley House, which is a sexual assault and child advocacy center in Meridian.

Another of the state's witnesses was Scott Benton, who said that after several interviews and through their forensic investigations, it was discovered that the two young girls each have a specific STD, which was the result of the sexual assault, and the same STD that Portis has.

Benton is an associate professor and chief of the Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine at the University Of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson and is the only child abuse pediatrics sub-specialist in the state.

It was revealed through testimony that the sexual assaults began when the family still lived in Illinois, but continued once they moved to the Mississippi.

The initial report was filed on Feb. 21, 2015, stating a 9-year-old girl had been inappropriately touched.

On March 4, Jones County Sheriff's Department arrested Portis and charged him with sexual battery.

The trial will continue on Wednesday.