A former security guard at Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch testified Thursday that he saw the pop star perform oral sex on a young boy in late 1992 or early 1993. The boy then received a multimillion-dollar settlement from Jackson in 1994, and would not cooperate with a police investigation.
The former Jackson employee, Ralph Chacon, testified that he was making his late-night rounds at the ranch one evening when he saw Jackson and a boy who was about eleven years old in the Jacuzzi. He then watched as the two went into a nearby bathroom and remain inside for a long time. Chacon said that he peered into the bathroom through a window and witnessed Jackson kissing the boy, finally performing oral sex on him.
"Mr. Jackson was caressing the boy," said Chacon. "He moved down and started kissing him."
The prosecution called Chacon to the stand as one of a series of witnesses intended to demonstrate that Jackson, who is charged with molesting a thirteen-year-old in early 2003, has a history of inappropriate behavior with young boys. In this case, the boy has publicly denied being molested by Jackson.
Jackson, 46, could face up to twenty or thirty years in prison if convicted.