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It's her word against his as the Edison Santos trial continued today. It's a unique case as the alleged victim is hearing-impaired, and yesterday she took the stand and with the help of an American Sign Language interpreter, detailing a series of alleged rapes.

Today, the defendant took the stand for himself.

"That's my girlfriend...she's my girlfriend. How can I rape her? How I can I push? She's my girlfriend," maintained Santos, referring to the 27-year-old woman he's accused of raping once in December and twice in January of this year. Through a Tagalog interpreter, Santos testified in his defense - that he and the victim were not only Dededo housemates, but the sex between them consensual.

Although the victim alleges Santos raped her three times, he described more occasions the two engage in consensual sex. On those occasions, she initiated the sex. On December 26, 2014 for instance, Santos testified he was watching television when she grabbed him and kissed him. The victim then started taking off her clothes and the two had sex in her bedroom. On the stand, he used gestures to explain their positions, and "she was the one who went on top."

Prior to the defendant's testimony, defense counsel Howard Trapp submitted a motion for acquittal stating, "I'm worried about the jury finding him guilty because they feel sorry for her." According to Trapp, text messages between Santos and the victim in the months of December and January indicate the two were in a relationship. Some texts read "Hi" and "Goodnight" but the most telling, Trapp says, was a text that read "Hi. I wish want baby pregnant."

The alleged victim is hearing impaired. When she took the stand on Tuesday, she had the assistance of an ASL interpreter to detail the alleged rapes. The victim also indicated feeling scared of the defendant and that she was afraid to get pregnant. She finally sought help from an interpreter and reported the case to police. She was then taken to healing hearts for an interview and pelvic exam where she reportedly had injuries.

Judge Alberto Lamorena denied defense's motion for acquittal.

Closing arguments are scheduled for Friday morning.

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