A song by a New York-based sketch comedy troupe seems to have muddled the trial of a Pontotoc County man accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl. But legal observers are split over whether the case could affect others. Jurors were not able to reach a verdict Jan. 19 against Phillip Dwayne Lout, who is charged with multiple counts of rape, molestation and lewd acts with a child. The judge declared a mistrial. Lout’s attorney said most of the charges are based on allegations by a 13-year-old girl who admitted watching a video for a song called "Get A New Daddy,” which encourages children to make up sexual abuse claims if they don’t get what they want. It is unclear how much of a role the video — performed by a member of the Whitest Kids U’ Know — played in the jury’s inability to reach a verdict. Defense attorney Mark Bailey said the girl’s allegations seemed to follow the song lyrics. "It’s eerie how close it tracked to that,” the Oklahoma City attorney said. Pontotoc County District Attorney Chris Ross doesn’t see things the same way. Ross said there is no indication the girl’s allegations were affected by what she saw. "I don’t think a video is concrete evidence of anything,” he said. Ross acknowledges he had never heard the song before the Lout case, but said watching it does not preclude anyone from being the victim of a crime. Lout, 41, faces 16 felony counts that could land him behind bars for the rest of his life. Ross said prosecutors have not decided whether to retry the case. Bailey said he asked Lout if there was any reason the girl might fabricate allegations against him. Lout recounted his attempts to keep the girl away from an inappropriate relationship with an older man, Bailey said. He also mentioned the video. Oklahoma City attorney James Hankins said the case probably won’t have an impact on other criminal cases, but it does raise some concerns. Attorney Bob Wyatt isn’t surprised by the "Get A New Daddy” video because there are probably more like it on the Web. Wyatt said such a video could have a big effect in criminal cases if there is evidence that someone watched it before alleging sexual abuse. "I don’t think it’s simply a defense tactic. It’s an issue of credibility,” he said. Wyatt is concerned the video will influence children and teenagers to make scurrilous allegations to affect the outcome of other cases.
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