Defense counsel Robert T. Torres called yesterday as its first witness the father of the girl who was allegedly sexually abused by former lawmaker Juan I. Tenorio.
Torres presented the defense’s witness shortly after the prosecution rested the government’s case after calling in four witnesses, including the alleged victim who is now 14 years old.
The father testified how he had an “encounter” with Tenorio when his daughter told him that Tenorio touched her in 2010. The father said that Tenorio tried to explain to him what had happened.
“I overreacted, I was upset,” the father said, adding that he shoved Tenorio away.
The father said he shouted in Chamorro “What was going on! What was going on!” as he proceeded to his bedroom and started packing up. He said he instructed his daughter and two other children to start packing up their things.
The father said after that “encounter” he never discussed the matter with his daughter and Tenorio.
When asked why he did not tell the mother of the girl about the incident, the father responded that he was afraid that she would “do the wrong way” and take their children from him.
The father said he and his former wife don’t get along. He said his former wife would like to “bring small things and over blow it.”
Torres is expected to continue his direct examination of the father today, Thursday, at 9am.
Assistant attorneys general Chemere McField and Margo Brown rested the government’s case yesterday after calling in their fourth witness, Division of Youth Services investigator Julian Camacho.
The girl testified on Tuesday that Tenorio massaged her and then touched her privates in 2010 when she was just 11 years old.
The girl said she told her father about the incident but disclosed the matter to her mother only in December 2012.
It was the mother who reported the alleged sexual abuse to the Department of Public Safety, DYS, and Office of the Attorney General.
The 64-year-old Tenorio is on trial on charges of sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree, assault and battery, and disturbing the peace.