The prosecutor tells the jury about the brutal rape of a 12-year-old girl

WILKES-BARRE – Assistant Lucerne County Attorney Susan Lackenbeal wasted no time in addressing the Lucerne County Jury on Tuesday, the first day of Barkim’s Tayrif Stalings trial before Judge David W. Lupas.

“The convict raped (name of the victim), a 12-year-old girl, in all respects our law defines rape,” Lackenbeel said at the beginning of her introductory speech to the jury.

The 30-year-old Stallings of the Northern Empire Court, Wilkes-Barre, was arrested by Wilkes-Barre police on charges that he robbed an apartment in Interfaith Heights apartments on Cole Street and raped a girl on October 4, 2020.

Police in court records allege that officers found Stallings fainted with ankle-length pants in the girl’s bed.

Stollings is on trial on charges of child rape, legal sexual assault, forced sexual intercourse, indecent aggravated assault, molestation of minors and burglary.

The jury was selected on Tuesday morning, and introductory remarks began in the middle of the day.

Stallings’ lawyer Paul Walker decided not to make an introductory statement.

Lackenbeal said Stallings was known as “Uncle P.” children in the neighborhood, including the victim.

Lackenbeel told the jury that the victim’s mother, a nurse’s assistant, worked 12 hours in a nursing home during a pandemic, often working from 3 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Stallings knocked on the sliding glass door and walked in, sitting next to the victim telling her, “You’re a beautiful girl, stop joking, you’re not 12,” Luckenbill told the jury.

Lackenbeal said Stallings tried to kiss the girl but was asked to leave.

Staling left only to return later and enter the apartment while the girl and her younger sister were asleep.

“She heard a knock and thought it was her sister, she opened the door and there was (Stalings),” Lackenbeel said, before describing the jury rape and sexual assault.

Lackenbeal said the victim told her mother when her mother came home from work after 3 p.m.

The girl was interrogated by a forensic expert at the Child Protection Center in Laquan County, where DNA evidence was found.

Lackenbeel told the jury that they would see the recorded interview, and experts from the state police crime lab would testify about DNA obtained from a girl who matched Stallings’ profile.

Wilkes-Barre police officer James Fisher testified that he was the first officer in the apartment to discover that Stallings had fainted in the girl’s bed.

The testimony continues on Wednesday.

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