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Alleged Victim Testifies Ex-Fox 5 Reporter Never Sexually Assaulted Her

Girl, 8, said her babysitter told her to fabricate the allegations she made when she was 4 years old.

A trial started Tuesday for a Wyckoff man and former Fox 5 news reporter accused of sexually abusing a 4-year-old girl in his township home. According to a NorthJersey.com report, the trial opened with some unexpected testimony.

Prosecutors allege that in 2010, Charles Leaf sexually assaulted a family acquaintance by touching her private parts and instructing her to touch his, the report said. In 2010, the girl explained the incident to her babysitter, and then to investigators, it said.

However, on Tuesday, the girl, who is now 8, testified that the incident never happened, NorthJersey.com reported. She testified that her babysitter “instructed her to fabricate the allegations,” the report said.

The prosecution argued that the girl’s memory of the event might be hazy, that she might be intimidated by the courtroom setting, and pointed out that Leaf allegedly told her not to tell anyone of the event, the report said.

The defense portrayed Leaf as a decorated ex-Marine, husband and father of two, and Emmy Award-winning journalist, the report said. It also said the defense pointed out that 20 minutes of the girl’s 2010 interview had not been recorded, and that her pediatrician never saw anything suspicious during routine exams.

Leaf could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. The trial is set to continue Wednesday, the report said.

susan gaudet January 09, 2014 at 12:27 PM
The child was video taped in 2010 telling what happened. She also over the last 3 years has told of the molest over and over again to Detectives, Therapists and the Prosecution. Tuesday was the first time she changed her story, while sitting in a court room, seeing her abuser for the first time in 3 years, I might change my story too. She was coached I am sure, her Mom has never believed her and has fought to clear the abuser.
erin rose February 23, 2014 at 11:50 AM
It is so crystal clear to this objective observer that you are a sociopathic liar hellbent on revenge because of jealousy and toxic rage. I hope your evil scheme is uncovered and you "fry" for framing an INNOCENT man. Why anyone would believe anything you say escapes me. I can poke holes in everything you say. This child is NOT a victim of molestation but she is a victim of abuse.... YOURS. Sociopaths dont care who they hurt in their quest for vengeance. The end justifies the means. Get a life....and leave your innocent brother and his family out of it.

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