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November 12, 2013

Teen takes stand in music teacher porn trial

Final prosecution witness, defense witnesses to testify today

A 16-year-old testified Tuesday about trying to clear memories of the day a former music teacher had the student view pornography in July 2010.

“I tried to forget everything that happened that day,” the teen said. “I don’t want to remember anything that ever happened with that man.”

A non-jury trial began Tuesday for Michael George Dunn, 46, who is charged with two counts of lewd molestation.

Associate District Judge Norman Thygesen conducted the preliminary hearing for Dunn, but the rest of the Muskogee County judges recused themselves because they are familiar with Dunn. Wagoner County District Judge Darrell Shepherd traveled to Muskogee to conduct the trial.

The student was taking music lessons from Dunn at Dunn’s home the summer of 2010. Following one 30-minute lesson, Dunn asked the student to stay for awhile and have a snack. The two discussed school issues in the den area of the home, the same room where the music lessons were conducted. During their conversation, Dunn “asked if I wanted to look at something,” the student said, and “asked if I had seen porn before.”

Dunn then showed the student four pornographic videos on the computer, the teen testified.

Later that day, Dunn and the student met for dinner. During dinner, Dunn said that if the student told anyone what had happened that day, Dunn would get in a “lot of trouble,” the student said.

The student’s mother called Muskogee Police after she was told later that night about the incident.

The former student and Dunn frequently sent text messages to each other while the teen was Dunn’s student.

Members of the Muskogee Police Department and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation also testified during the non-jury trial Tuesday.

Josh Jenkins with Muskogee Police testified that he spoke to the former music student and the student’s mother, and was one of several officers who served the search warrant and arrest warrant at Dunn’s home.

When officers arrived at Dunn’s home, they knocked on the door, but no one answered. A locksmith was called to the scene and as they were opening the door, Dunn, who was inside the home, opened the door. Dunn was arrested and was later interviewed.

Shepherd was scheduled to view a video of the interview before today’s court session, said Dan Medlock, assistant district attorney.

Shannon Crary, an investigator with the Muskogee Police, testified about the items taken as evidence from Dunn’s home, including a computer tower, VHS tapes and DVDs.

James Ely investigates computer crime for the OSBI. Dunn’s computer was sent to Ely and he was asked to look for pornography that was viewed on Dunn’s computer during the time that the alleged incident occurred.

On Tuesday, he testified that four specific videos were viewed on the computer during that time.

During opening arguments, the prosecution stated that the issue in the case is whether the defendant showed pornography to a child. He also stated that Dunn and the music student had sent text messages to each other for some time, and Dunn’s texts became sexual in nature and inappropriate.

Defense Attorney Roger Hilfiger said that pornography on Dunn’s computer is adult pornography, which is not illegal.

The trial is scheduled to continue at 9 a.m. today. A final witness for the prosecution will testify before the defense presents its witnesses.

Reach Anita Reding at (918) 684-2903 or areding@muskogeephoenix.com.

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