Trial begins for BI man accused of indecent liberties

Opening arguments began today in the case against a Bainbridge Island man accused of touching a developmentally disabled girl inappropriately.

Stephen C. Buitenveld, 62, was charged with indecent liberties in June after a witness and security camera footage indicated he inappropriately touched the 17-year-old girl while she was under his care at the Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center.

Kitsap Sun legal affairs reporter Josh Farley live blogged from the morning proceedings.

In opening statements, Kitsap County Deputy Prosecutor Coreen Schnepf said Buitenveld was “fulfilling his own greedy sexual needs” by touching the girl in an aquatic center hot tub.

Buitenveld’s attorney, Peter Camiel, said Buitenveld does a tough job as a paraeducator.

“Little did he know that day, June 11, would turn into a nightmare where he was falsely accused of inappropriately touching a student,” Camiel said.

The trial will resume Thursday morning. Check in on Farley’s blog, Kitsap Crime and Justice.