Sex was consensual, accused tells Sudbury judge

An Espanola man testified Thursday the sex he had with a teenage girl in his bedroom was consensual.

Jordan Lacosse also denied that he ever threatened to kill the girl.

Lacosse was testifying in his defence on the third day of his Superior Court trial in Greater Sudbury.

In addition, he denied using drugs as a way to lure the teen to his home to get her alone and have sex with her.

“I told her (at the party) I was saving what I had to finish off my night: I had some liquid GHB,” Lacosse, 20, said. “I said I would share it with her. I didn’t really have a plan at this moment. I had no plans.

“Me and (the teen), we were kind of flirting with each other. We ended up leaving together in a small group. At the time, I was thinking she was going to be coming with me. As we were walking, we were arm in arm, arms around each other’s waists.”

GHB is Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate and is known as a club and date rape drug. Its effects include euphoria, increased sex drive, tranquility, sweating, loss of consciousness, nausea and hallucinations.

Lacosse, who has been in custody about a year, has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault using a weapon, forcible confinement and uttering a threat to cause death.

He has pleaded guilty to two counts of breach of recognizance, for breaking his curfew and for drinking.

The offences are alleged to have occurred early on June 15, 2013, in Espanola.

The Crown’s theory is the girl was at a party in Espanola with friends when she agreed to go to Lacosse’s home to get drugs.

While in Lacosse’s bedroom, the teen was forced to have sex and had a knife blade put to her neck.

When she was able to get away from the man, the teen contacted her mother who notified police.

The teen, who was 16 at the time, said when she and Lacosse left his home, he pushed her to the ground, put a blade to her neck again, and told her not to tell anyone or he would find her and kill her.

The teen testified she drank heavily that night. Lacosse testified he had numerous Cold Shot beers and cocaine a friend offered him.

Lacosse testified when he and the teen went to his bedroom, they each had a Cold Shot with half of the capful of GHB – an Internet drug he said works like alcohol, but is more concentrated.

Shortly after, he said, they began kissing, removed each other’s shirts, and had oral sex and intercourse.

When the sex was over, Lacosse said the two began to get dressed, but the teen’s mood suddenly changed.

“She then asked if I had any more (drugs),” he recalled. “I told her no … She got sour on me a bit. I could tell from the expression on her face she wasn’t very happy.”

Lacosse said he and the teen then left the house and he walked with her for a distance before he turned back home.

He said he found the teen’s panties later and put them in the laundry room garbage can because he didn’t want his girlfriend to find another girl’s panties in his bedroom.

During cross-examination, assistant Crown attorney Richard Huneault asked Lacosse why, when asked if he had any drugs by the teen at the party, he didn’t just give her some right there.

“I made it quite clear I was using it to end my night off,” he said, adding he never told the teen he would share or get drugs for her.

“So, a total stranger approaches you at a party for drugs which you say you won’t give to her and all of a sudden you are walking arm in arm?” asked Huneault, to which Lacosse replied yes.

“I figured she would walk with one of them (the two male friends who accompanied them), or come with me,” he said.

Lacosse’s father, Kenneth, testified he had come home from a long day of truck driving the evening of June 14, 2013, had dinner, showered and went to bed.

Other than a man showing up at the door about 1 a.m. inquiring about Jordan, there were no other unusual noises that night, he said.

Kenneth said he and his wife, along with a visiting daughter, her fiance, their almost two-year-old son, and a young cocker spaniel named Rogue, were all sleeping in the Annette Street home that night.

Kenneth said noises in one part of the home could easily be heard in other sections.

“It (sound) travelled quite easily: there was no insulation between the basement (where Jordan’s bedroom was) and the upstairs,” he said. “His voice would travel through the vent pipes and numerous times we had to tell him to keep the TV down at night.”

The trial continues Friday.