Civil trial over alleged prostitution solicitation in grocery store continues - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Civil trial over alleged prostitution solicitation in grocery store continues

Surveillance from Rosauers store Surveillance from Rosauers store

SPOKANE, Wash. - The civil trial between a Spokane family and Rosauers Grocery store continued in court Wednesday. The grocery store chain is being sued by a girl's family who claims one of the store's security guards falsely accused their daughter of prostituting herself to elderly customers.

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Statement from former assitant manager of Rosauers
Statement from man allegedly approached by girl

According to court documents two men allege they were approached by a young girl while sitting in the deli. The girl allegedly asked the men some questions. One of the men states it appeared as if the girl was trying to get a 'date' and reported this belief to a Rosauers employee.

Tommy Marks and Sandy Steve say following the alleged incident, a security guard at that store detained their daughter and locked her in a room refusing to let her see her mother and her aunt.

The child, 11-years-old at the time, claims she was making innocent conversation with other customers, but Rosauers officials say she was making indecent proposals.

Tuesday, the court heard from the girl who says she did nothing more than exchange an ice cream recipe with an older gentleman in the store. Rosauers' employees remembered the incident differently.

In court Wednesday, a deposition was read on behalf of a former Rosauers' security guard.

"Well one thing that occurred in my mind also, that this was really an activity that someone should not be doing in the store," the deposition read, "it was not just casual conversation, but men of an elderly age are of the impression that they are being solicited for a date."

The family says the emotional toll their daughter has suffered as a result of the incident has been devastating, saying she's just not the same girl she used to be.

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