HUFFINGTON, R.I. – The man who molested two young girls in the 1950s at Wal-mart has told an appellate court he had no intention of stopping.
In a court filing, Kevin Smith said he did not realize what he had done was wrong until the girls began telling people what happened.
Smith, 54, is seeking to keep his conviction of indecent exposure and unlawful restraint.
His attorneys said Smith is a good, caring and kind man who deserves to be released from prison.
Smith, who has been convicted of indecent assault and unlawful confinement in the past, said in his filing that the girls did not tell their parents and that his victims were too young to testify at trial.
Smith’s attorneys also said the abuse occurred in Wal-marts bathroom.
Wal-Marts attorney said Smith has been allowed to appeal his conviction, but the case is being closely watched.
The court hearing Tuesday will determine whether the defense will ask to reconsider a ruling in December that said Smith should be allowed to go free pending appeal.
Smith is scheduled to make his first appearance in court Monday.
The girls were about 10 years old at the time, according to the filing.
Smith has said he was trying to get to know the girls and they became friends and he asked if he could help them.
Smith pleaded guilty to indecent assault in 2007.
His attorneys said in the filing that he told his victims they were being taken advantage of.
He said he had used their clothing and touched their genitals.
The filing said one of the girls told her mother she felt like “a piece of meat.”
In a statement to the Times Union, Wal- Mart spokeswoman Katie Bynum said the company is committed to ensuring its employees are treated with dignity and respect.
Walmart did not immediately respond to a request for comment.