By Rick Bella | The Oregonian/OregonLive
on April 28, 2015
Pastor Mike Sperou testified in his own defense Tuesday, adamantly denying he sexually abused young girls growing up in his Happy Valley church during the 1980s and 1990s.
However, Sperou had a harder time during cross-examination, appearing to change his story from the one he told Portland police detectives in 1997.
On Tuesday, Sperou’s trial entered its 11th day, including 10 consecutive days of testimony.
Under questioning by defense attorney Steven J. Sherlag, Sperou told a Multnomah County Circuit Court jury that the core families in the North Clackamas Bible Community are very affectionate with children and that he was sorry if he ever made any of them uncomfortable when they spent the night with him in his bed. He said he contacted the girls’ parents immediately afterward to see if the children were all right.
Sperou said he also decided that he did not want to give anyone another chance to misinterpret his innocent affections.
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