The victims in the trial of an alleged pimp accused of assault and rape told jurors about their torture, escape and the role of defendant James Cargle.
Cargle, 31, is accused of directing women to cage his prostitute and then to beat and rape another victim after the first woman escaped, prosecutors say.
Cargle, also known as J.P., faces three charges of kidnapping, one charge of rape and one count of felonious assault for the events that took place in late November 2016 in Dayton.
The trial began Monday in the courtroom of Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Skelton.
On Tuesday morning, Amy Hardin (formerly McMahan) testified that she met a friend at 511 Sheridan Ave. in Dayton to catch up.
When Hardin got there, she met Cargle, who told Hardin, “I have a job for you.”
Hardin testified that Cargle mentioned her daughter, a 16-year-old who had run away from home. “My heart dropped,” Hardin said.
Hardin said she was told she was to help guard a woman who was being held in a dog cage in the basement.
She said she was told to put a mask on and accompany another woman into the basement where the woman was being held. “I was scared,” Hardin said.
On cross examination, Hardin was asked if she tried to leave the house, or get a phone, or if the doors were locked. “No,” she answered each time.
The other victim — who said Cargle was her pimp — also testified Tuesday about being asked to go out for drinks with Cargle in the Oregon District, going back to a residence and then being assaulted by two women with pepper spray and a Taser and forced into the basement.
“I was terrified, I had no idea why I was in a dog cage, it didn’t make sense,” the woman said. “
On cross-examination, the woman said she never saw Cargle again.
Hardin said that she only went down to the basement two or three times and wasn’t guarding the woman, who was gone when Cargle checked the next day. The cage had been bent, including the door.
“I wiggled out of (the cage) and left out the basement, the back door,” the woman said. “I went walking up the street and met a lady and used her phone to call police.”
After that victim’s ordeal ended, Hardin’s began.
Hardin said Cargle and the other women were frantic. She said she was taken to a garage at 132 Fountain Avenue and attacked by the women.
Hardin said she was stripped, hit with a piece of wood, tied up in rope, had antifreeze poured on her and was raped with what prosecutors said was an old window weight.
“Horrible,” Hardin said it felt like because one of the women involved was her best friend. “Why?” Hardin asked, adding that she heard a discussion about her knowing too much.
Hardin testified that she loosened the ropes and pretended to have them tightly wrapped when looked at by Cargle.
Hardin said she was thrown into a vehicle’s trunk and that the car was on the move. She said she closed her eyes and jumped out of the trunk of a car after she found the trunk release. She said her only thought was, “Get out.”
On cross examination, Hardin said she pleaded guilty to a third-degree misdemeanor for unlawful restraint as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.
Hardin also testified that a doctor asked if she had red hair. She said no, “bleach blonde” and the doctor replied, “Holy s***.”
She said she washed her hair five times to get the blood out which revealed gashes on the back, side and front of her head.
This news organization normally doesn’t name rape victims, but in this case Hardin (then McMahan) gave permission to use her name and spoke out in an exclusive interview with our reporters following the attack.
Potential witnesses Wednesday include co-defendants Cassidy Lake and Jennifer Rice, both of whom pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.