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Former guard says Jackson performed sex act on child

By Associated Press
Published April 8, 2005

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - A former security guard at Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch told a lurid story Thursday about seeing the singer kiss, fondle and perform a sex act on a boy who later received a financial settlement from the pop star.

A former Jackson maid also testified that she saw him inappropriately touch actor Macaulay Culkin and three other boys. The testimony is part of a prosecution attempt to show that the current allegations against Jackson are part of a pattern of inappropriate sexual contact with boys dating back more than a decade.

The former security guard, Ralph Chacon, was accused by Jackson's lawyer as making the whole thing up "to get even." Defense attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr. accused Chacon of having tried to extort $16-million from Jackson in a lawsuit and lengthy trial that he and the maid lost, forcing Chacon into bankruptcy.

In questioning by District Attorney Tom Sneddon, Chacon told of looking through a window at Jackson's pool house in late 1992 or early 1993 and seeing him perform a sex act on a 10-year-old boy.

Chacon said he saw Jackson kiss the boy's head and shoulders and later moved his hands "down to his private area." He also said there was another incident in which Jackson took the boy away in a golf cart and kissed him in front of a Peter Pan display.

The boy received a financial settlement, reportedly between $15-million and $20-million, from Jackson in 1994. The boy did not cooperate with a police investigation and no charges were filed against Jackson. The boy is not scheduled to testify in the trial.

Jackson, 46, is accused of molesting a 13-year-old boy in 2003, giving him alcohol and conspiring to hold the boy's family captive to get them to make a video rebutting a TV documentary in which Jackson said he allowed children to sleep in his bed but that it was innocent.

Adrian McManus, a Jackson maid between 1990 and 1994, also testified Thursday that she saw Jackson kiss Culkin on the cheek while his hand was on Culkin's bottom. The defense has asserted that Culkin has repeatedly said he was never molested, and a spokeswoman for the actor has said he has no plans to be part of the case.

McManus described a similar scene with two other boys and third incident involving the same boy that Chacon testified about.

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