A Douglas County jury is considering the fate of a public school teacher.
Nicholas Richter has been on trial for four counts of third degree sexual assault on a child. He is accused of inappropriately touching four children, over their clothing, at a Ralston Elementary school between 2009 and last year.
Before closing arguments today the defense brought testimony from and expert about children and memories.
Dr. Philip Esplin said that over time children's memories "do not improve, they consolidate, decay and shrink".
On closing arguments prosecutor Amy Jacobsen said "Nicholas Richter was a hands on teacher in all the wrong places. He created a world where sitting on his lap was the norm, where rubbing a student's back was the norm, sliding his hand down onto their privates was the norm".
Defense attorney Joe Howard said "The only thing worse than being a child molester is being falsely accused of being a child molester". He said so many outside influences have made the children believe that the were touched inappropriately.
The case went to the jury at 1:12pm Friday.