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Child's account of alleged sexual abuse by baseball coach played in court

11-year-old says coach said speaking up wasn't part of 'bro code'


BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – David Solomon shook his head inside a Broward County courtroom Monday, as prosecutors played a video testimony from one of his 11-year-old accusers.

"It happened in the car, I don’t know what date," the boy said. "It happened every car ride wherever we went. It happened all the time during the day."

The child described the alleged abuse during the car rides with Solomon and sleepovers at this home.

The Cooper City baseball coach is accused of inappropriately touching two 11-year-old boys on his team last year.

 The victim investigators Solomon used code names, like the claw, to refer to inappropriate sexual touching.

"On the car ride that’s when he mostly did it," the boy said. "Every red light he would go 'Claw, Wedgie Bush, Claw, Wedgie Bush.'" 

The boy said Solomon told him not to tell any other team member about the game, and said that was part of the "bro code."

"One time he just yelled at me because I moved to get away from the claw and he was like 'Hey, it’s part of the bro code. You're going to have to let me do this every red light,'"the boy said.

Solomon's defense attorneys have questioned how prosecutors handled the witnesses and are now calling their own experts.

Those attorneys are alleging prosecutorial misconduct.   

The next step in the trail is that lawyers on both sides will get a chance to depose the other’s witness about how the child’s statements were handled.

Both sides are due back in court Thursday afternoon.

 


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