Testimony Begins In Strip Search Trial

By Anne Marshall

(SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky.) -- It has been nearly three years since an 18-year-old was stripped and sexually assaulted in a Bullitt County McDonalds. On Tuesday, the trial began for David Stewart, the Florida man accused of masterminding the hoax that led to her assault. WAVE 3's Anne Marshall investigates.

Prosecutors say Stewart called the Mount Washington restaurant and convinced an employee and her fiance that a young employee had stolen drugs and taken cash. The state says Stewart then asked them to perform outrageous acts, and they obeyed.

Some of the charges Stewart faces include soliciting sodomy, soliciting sexual intercourse and impersonating a police officer. His trial is expected to last at least through the week, and he could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

In opening statements, prosecutors say a Wal-Mart security camera caught Stewart buying a calling card linked to the phone call moments before the call was made.

But Stewart's attorney, Steve Romines, says there is no evidence linking his client to the call.

Romines says the caller seemed to be watching security camera footage of the events as they were unfolding, and detectives have yet to find any evidence suggesting Stewart had the technology or know how to pull that off.

Also, Romines says Stewart was at home with his wife and kids at the time of the assault.

Walter Nix, one of the two people to abuse the young employee, took the stand for the prosecution on Tuesday.

Nix and his fiance, who was a McDonald's manager, have already pled guilty to  charges related to this case.

In a separate civil trial set to start November 14, Louise Ogborn is suing McDonalds for $200 million. She says the company failed to protect her, despite knowing that similar hoaxes were happening across the country.

Ogborn is expected to testify in Stewart's trial on Wednesday.

Online Reporter: Anne Marshall

Online Producer: Michael Dever