SANTA CRUZ - Attorneys gave closing arguments and jurors began deliberating Wednesday morning in the trial of a 34-year-old man accused of taking sexually explicit photos of a young girl.
Alexander Marcel Morisse was arrested after the girl's mother found photographs of the then 4-year-old girl in a trash bin on a laptop computer. The mother reported the images to Berkeley police in April; the case is being prosecuted in Santa Cruz County because the photos were taken while the family was living in Santa Cruz.
Morisse's attorney, Kellin Cooper, has argued Morisse took the photos because the child, who is known to him, was extremely curious about her body.
Cooper said both Morisse and the girl's mother were very open people and nudity was common in the household.
Prosecutor Michael Gilman has argued the photographs clearly constituted child pornography.
"I'll submit this is a unique household and this is a unique case," he said, maintaining the images were "objectively pornographic."
The trial is in front of Judge Paul Marigonda.
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