RACINE - A 15-year-old girl testified Tuesday that a Racine police officer sexually abused her "more (times) than I'm able to count."
The girl, whose name is being withheld to protect her identity, said Damen Lowe, 34, of Racine, had made her engage in sexual activities with him since she was 13. Lowe had known the girl for years.
He faces 10 felony counts related to the alleged sexual abuse of the girl and physical abuse of her and another child.
Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel questioned the girl at Tuesday's preliminary hearing about what Lowe allegedly did to her or made her do. The Waukesha prosecutor was brought in to avoid any perceived conflict of interest with the Racine County District Attorney's office prosecuting a Racine police officer.
She said Lowe started showing her pornography when she was 10, ostensibly to teach her about sex. She also recounted other alleged incidents of physical abuse, when he struck her face with an open hand or hit her with the buckle side of his belt on her arm and leg, choked her or spit on her face.
When defense attorney John Campion questioned her about specific alleged incidents, the girl could not remember the chronological order of events or many details about them.
The charges against Lowe include second-degree sexual assault of a child, repeated sexual assault of the same child and exposing a child to harmful material. A previous charge of exposing a child to harmful material was dismissed Tuesday because the time frame of the alleged act was unclear.
If convicted of all charges, Lowe could face up to 118 years imprisonment, which includes time in prison and on extended supervision and up to $280,000 in fines. He is scheduled to appear in court July 7 to enter his formal plea to the charges.
The 10-year veteran of the police department will remain on paid administrative leave during the investigation and trial process, according to police department spokesman Sgt. Bernie Kupper, pending the outcome of the court proceedings and an internal review.