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Political operative’s sex-assault trial headed to jury

STATEN ICELAND, NY – The final clash is scheduled for Thursday morning at the trial of a political activist accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a Willowbrook parking lot three years ago.

The jury’s deliberations are expected to begin the afternoon after Supreme Court Justice Alexander Jeong indicts the panel.

Defense attorney Mario Romano suspended the case of Naflan Doole on Wednesday after the prosecutor’s lengthy cross-examination of the defendant.

Doole gave direct testimony Tuesday after prosecutors closed her case.

Earlier on Monday, the alleged victim testified that Doole assaulted her on July 25, 2018 in his car parked in a parking lot at the College of Staten Island.

The woman, who was 19 at the time, said she and Doole had vodka in his car and that she got sick before the defendant sodomized and tried to rape her.

The woman testified that she had told Doole “several times” to stop, but he did not.

In a series of phone calls and texts with the victim and her boyfriend after the episode, 25-year-old Doole denied any sexual contact with her.

But he testified on Tuesday and Wednesday that the woman came to him “very persistently” and that they had consensual sex.

The defendant said he lied in those phone calls and texts to match a story the woman made up to keep them from getting into trouble.

The woman’s boyfriend was a childhood friend of the defendant. Doole was married at the time.

According to Doole, the woman said she would say she had four bottles of vodka, vomited, and passed out in the back of his car.

Doole testified that he stuck to the report even after the woman “shocked” him almost immediately after the encounter by accusing him of sexually assaulting her.

The defendant said he did so out of fear that his wife would find out he had been unfaithful.

A rape kit administered to the woman several hours after the incident ultimately showed a positive match with Doole’s DNA, according to the testimony.

At the time of the alleged attack, Doole was assistant campaign manager for Charles Fall, a Democrat running for the seat of the North Shore Assembly. Herbst won the election in November.

The alleged victim was a campaign volunteer by Fall.

Fall eventually fired Doole after learning of the allegations.

The defendant held a position for about two hours on Wednesday. He had previously testified for about four hours on Tuesday, more than half that time under cross-examination.

He wore a dark gray suit, a maroon shirt, and a patterned tie.

Assistant District Attorney Amir Fadl, who picked up on Tuesday, attempted to damage Doole’s credibility.

Most of the time he checked the defendant’s phone calls and texts with the woman and her boyfriend line by line and compared the statements made with his direct testimony.

Fadl also asked why Doole was so persistent with the fictional story. Especially since the woman didn’t repeat it.

In fact, hours after the incident, the woman and her boyfriend had told his wife that he had sexually assaulted her.

Wouldn’t it have made more sense to tell your spouse, wife, boyfriend, and ultimately the police that the sex was consensual in order to defend yourself against the woman’s assault claim, asked Fadl, who is pursuing the case with Assistant District Attorney Lisa Davis .

“That would have been a good idea. Yes, ”replied the defendant.

But he added, “I was scared and shocked and didn’t want my wife to find out. I didn’t think they’d get that far. … I thought this was all just a joke. “

The defendant also said he was confident that his repeated denials would convince his wife.

“I can always talk my way out with her,” he said.

The couple has since divorced.

Doole also said he lied because he feared he would be taped on the phone calls.

The defendant said he was so desperate to stop “the rumors” of a sex attack that he asked the woman if her parents could meet.

The defendant said he hoped the prospect of her parents’ involvement would convince the woman and her boyfriend to withdraw.

“I just wanted this to be over,” he said. “I know I didn’t do anything wrong.”