The Georgia dad whose toddler son died in a hot car just weeks after he exchanged graphic sexts with a 15-year-old girl begged her to have sex with him so he could be a “naughty old man,” the teen testified Monday.
A Cobb County prosecutor avoided eye contact with the jury as he showed the photos of Ross Harris’ penis that he sent to the underage girl, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
“I apologize,” Chuck Boring said as he walked the lewd image down the length of the jury box.
Harris is charged with murder in the June 2014 death of his 22-month-old son, Cooper.
The dad claimed he forgot to drop the tot off at day care, and he accidentally left the boy inside his car when he drove straight to work. But prosecutors allege that Harris intentionally killed Cooper — and insist that the sexts provide a motive for the murder.
The Alabama 17-year-old, whose identity was shielded by Judge Mary Staley Clark, said she was 15 years old when she began exchanging sexual messages with the then-33-year-old dad. They met on Whisper, a mobile app that allows users to exchange anonymous messages.
“I love older guys,” the teen wrote. In her initial post, she claimed she was 18 years old.
Harris responded with a selfie, prosecutors said. Eventually, the dad sent the girl a photo of his penis.
The two chatted for about 20 minutes before the teenager sent him a photo of her genital area.
Eventually, amid the graphic sexual messages, the teen admitted that she was just 15. Harris didn’t seem to care and told her he wanted to have sex with her, she testified.
“He told me he wanted me to make him a naughty old man,” she said.
Allegations that Harris had sexually explicit online conversations with an underage girl are completely unrelated to the murder and child cruelty charges he faces in the death of his son, defense attorney Maddox Kilgore has said previously.
With News Wire Services