Cybersex trial opens with conflicting accounts
March 16, 1998
Web posted at: 9:36 p.m. EST (0236 GMT)
NEW YORK (CNN) -- Lawyers in the Internet rape case against Oliver Jovanovic presented conflicting portraits Monday of the encounter that led to allegations he raped and tortured a young woman for more than 20 hours.
Jovanovic, 31, a Columbia University graduate student, is charged with luring a 20-year-old Barnard College student he met on the Internet to his New York apartment for a face-to-face meeting. The two had been communicating through e-mail and Internet chat rooms for five months before the November 1996 meeting.
Prosecutor Gail Heatherly told the court that the victim was a passive small-town girl who wrote overblown e-mail in an attempt to impress a man she perceived to be much smarter than she.
Defense lawyer Jack Litman, reading a number of those e-mail
communications to the jury, described a disturbed young woman who wrote of her interest in dismemberment and graphically violent films.