Jelani Maraj is currently on trial for raping an 11-year-old girl - his stepdaughter. According to Jelani, he's being "framed" by the child's mother - for MONEY.
But the little girl gave open court testimony yesterday, and it was HEART WRENCHING.
Here's how Page Six is reporting it:
The abuse began in April 2015, when she was just 11 and living with her mother and step-dad Maraj on Long Island, the girl said. He started by rubbing his erection on her, but things escalated when the young girl innocently went to his room to greet him one morning that month, she said.
“It was a Saturday morning,” she said. “I had went to him to go say ‘good morning.’ I had hugged him as usual. I went to go lie next to him as I usually do. When I did that, he told me to go close the door. He told me to take off my pants. Then he told me to come under the covers with him and he started caressing me.”
Maraj then had sex with the preteen and ejaculated in her mouth, she said. He then allegedly began frequently raping the little girl after school.
“We would have sex in his bedroom, in my bedroom, in the basement,” she said.
Maraj tried to make her think the attacks were her fault, telling the young victim she was sending him signals, she told the court.
“He had mentioned I was brushing myself on him and that I wanted it to happen,” she said.
Maraj started sodomizing her over the summer, she said.
“He used lubricant and told me to breathe properly and not to clench so it wouldn’t hurt so much,” she said. “It hurt. I told him to stop and tried to push him away.”