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Sexual abuse investigation highlighted in Damm Trial

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GALENA, Ill. (KWWL) -- Investigators featured their 2006 sexual abuse investigation involving David Damm in court Wednesday morning.

KWWL's news coverage partner, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, has a reporter in the courtroom covering the testimony

Damm is charged with murder, kidnapping and conspiracy in the Oct. 27, 2006, death of 13-year-old Donnisha Hill.

Prosecutors said Damm, a used-car salesman who lived across from Donnisha, hired Bruce Burt to kill the girl to keep her from testifying in the sexual abuse probe.

Waterloo Police Investigator Andrea Frana testified about a forensic interview taken of Donnisha Oct. 19, 2006.

That interview took place at the St. Luke's Child Protection Center in Cedar Rapids.

Donnisha described sexual encounters with Damm at his office and at his home as well as kissing in his van, Frana said. The girl said she wiped Damm's semen on a paper towel that she put in her pocket because she couldn't find a wastebasket, Frana said.

She told the interviewer she was scared during the office encounter and described part of it as "disgusting," Frana said.

Frana said Donnisha and Damm had talked about the possibility he could go to prison.

"He told her to lie ... there was never a relationship," Frana said.

He denied any sexual contact but admitted he gave her a ride on one occasion, dropping her off blocks from her home.

The trial has taken a recess Thursday and resume Friday.

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