WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Jurors continued to hear evidence from the state today in the sexual battery case involving a former police officer and a convenience store employee. The employee says the officer was in uniform and on duty when he came to her apartment in his patrol car to talk about two robberies she fell victim to. She says he then allegedly assaulted her.
Thursday marked day two for the trial involving former Wilmington Police officer Wotzvely Perez. Perez is charged with assault on a female and sexual battery. The state called at least three people to the stand to testify, which helped shed new light on the case.
Perez kept a straight face as the state presented a video to the courtroom. It was a video of the first time he was questioned by a Wilmington Police sergeant about sexual allegations made against him by a woman. It was also the first time he admitted to having sexual contact with her.
"I told her I'm really sorry," Perez said in the video. "I didn't mean to, and then she said something about, 'You slobbed all over me.' I said I was sorry and I didn't mean to, and I kept telling her I was sorry. I didn't mean to and I kept telling her I was sorry."
Former Wilmington Police Sgt. Melissa Perkins testified about her interrogation of Perez. In the video, Perez said that after he kissed the alleged victim the woman told him to stop, and he did. The victim testified on Wednesday and said Perez failed to stop touching her after she said no. Perez also asked Perkins if he was under arrest or fired. She said no. He then said he didn't want his wife to find out.
"I'm not telling your wife, ok? I'm not telling your wife," Perkins told Perez. "You're gonna have to deal with that."
Both the alleged victim and Perez agree that there was touching and kissing, but not sex. The conflict arises with what exactly happened when she asked him to stop. She claims he did not stop, while Perez says he stopped immediately.
Assistant District Attorney Connie Jordan says the state finished presenting evidence this afternoon. The defense will present any evidence it may have tomorrow in court.