By NIKKI YOUNK
MARINETTE, Wis. - Proceedings in the Harold Markham trial began in Marinette County Court on Tuesday morning.
Markham's attorney Torger Omdahl said that a jury was selected, opening arguments were given, and the prosecution began its case.
"We're very pleased with the way everything is going so far," Omdahl added. "We look forward to putting our case on tomorrow (Wednesday)."
The trial is scheduled to run through Thursday.
Markham, 46, of Niagara, Wis. faces one felony count of repeated sexual assault of a child, one misdemeanor count of battery, and one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct.
He is accused of having sexual contact with a 14-year-old female multiple times between July 2007 and September 2007 in Niagara.
In addition, Markham allegedly had an argument with the same female in August 2011 in Niagara. The female claimed that Markham tried to stop her from leaving a residence, then proceeded to push her down and grab her throat.
Markham had been a pastor at the Norway Baptist Church for several years. Due to the criminal allegations against him, Markham was put on extended leave. He later resigned.
Nikki Younk's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.