One of the key child witnesses who has testified in six child sex ring trials is undergoing an evaluation to see whether she is emotionally strong enough to continue testifying, attorneys said.
The evaluation caused the delay of a pre-trial hearing Monday for Susan Everett, 34, who has been accused of multiple counts of child rape and abuse based in part on statements she made to Wenatchee sex crimes Detective Bob Perez, the girl’s foster father.
The 11-year-old girl had been subpoenaed to testify, but her legal guardian, attorney Neil Fuller, tried to quash the subpoena, saying the girl was unavailable.
The hearing was postponed indefinitely. Everett is scheduled to go on trial Nov. 14.
Twenty-eight adults have been charged since last fall with participating in what authorities describe as two loosely organized sex rings in operation since 1988.
Four of the cases have resulted in convictions and 10 defendants have pleaded guilty. One person was acquitted and charges against two others were dismissed. One person pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges. Ten cases are pending.