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Stepson of JCPS teacher accused of rape says texts to minor weren't sexual

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The defense team wants to portray the girl who says her middle school teacher raped her as a manipulative liar. 

It was another day in the trial against Scott Quisenberry, who is charged with rape.

On Tuesday, family members testified on his behalf as Quisenberry's defense team started calling witnesses.

Scott Quisenberry, 56, is on trial -- accused of raping a former student beginning when she was 12. Investigators say the crimes happened from 2009-2012 in Jefferson and Nelson Counties.

His wife took the stand Wednesday in his defense. Natalie Quisenberry was the girl’s Beta Club leader at Bullitt Lick Middle School. She says the girl's family became close with theirs.

“If she (the mom) needed us to help transport if she needed us to watch (the girl) for her, while, when she needed to go to the doctor or do something else that our door was always open,” said Natalie Quisenberry.

She described the girl as bubbly, outgoing, helpful to teachers and involved with the special needs class. 

Quisenberry's son and stepson testified today about his good character and morals.

Prosecutors say Quisenberry would text the alleged victim, sometimes late at night, and would call her "sweetheart," "honey," and his, "little wife." Defense attorneys addressed this head-on.

"Would you who know him, looking at that text...think there's anything sexual about that text, or intimate?" asked a defense attorney.

"And if he sent a text to [VICTIM'S NAME WITHHELD] saying, 'I miss you all over,' what would you think of that text?" a defense attorney asked.

"No," Quisenberry's stepson replied.

"Do you think that would have something like he's talking about her body?" a defense attorney asked.

"No," Quisenberry's stepson replied.

Quisenberry was the girl's teacher at Bullitt Lick Middle School, before working at Kerrick Elementary for JCPS. The alleged victim says she was friends with Quisenberry's daughter, and would spend the night at his house about once a month. She says the sexual relations happened in the basement while everyone else was asleep.

Two family friends also testified on behalf of Quisenberry, and said they thought the girl was manipulative, and would cause Quisenberry trouble.

In 2013, JCPS placed Quisenberry on non-instructional leave from his job at Kerrick Elementary. He still makes his $65,000 salary, pending the outcome of the charges.

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