Troubled singer Michael Jackson "ominously changed" the young boys who stayed at his Neverland Ranch in California, the jury at his child molestation trial was told yesterday (28FEB05).

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Tom Sneddon claimed children were normal youngsters when they arrived at the THRILLER star's home, but they left with bad manners and quick tempers after being exposed to pornography, alcohol and sexual abuse.

Sneddon said, "Children who walk in (to Jackson's ranch) with manners, but come out hellions, rude, obnoxious, abusive. What is it about this ranch that could do this to somebody?

"He ominously changed those young boys because instead of reading them Peter Pan, he's showing them sexually explicit magazines. Instead of cookies and milk, you can substitute wine, vodka and bourbon."

Jackson is charged in a 10-count indictment with molesting a 13-year-old boy and conspiring to commit child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion. He has pleaded not guilty.

01/03/2005 17:27