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Former babysitter testifies in molestation trial of Weston podiatrist

Dr. Augustine Bollo faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted

WESTON, Fla. – A young woman who used to babysit a Weston podiatrist's children took the stand Wednesday on the first day of his retrial.

A mistrial was declared in Dr. Augustine Bollo's first trial in February after prosecutors played an audio recording that they should not have.

Bollo is accused of molesting the teen at his home in Weston in 2012, where she was hired to babysit his four children, and then offering to pay her to keep quiet.

"I just didn't really know what was going on and I was in shock," the victim, who was 15 at the time of the alleged incident, said.

"Did you say anything to him?" the prosecutor asked.

"No, I just didn't know what to say, like there was no one home. There were only kids there," she said.

According to a police report, Bollo and the teen were sitting next to each other on the couch at his home when he placed a blanket over them and asked her to touch his genitals.

The victim said Bollo offered her $200 to keep quiet.

The defense also questioned the victim, trying to poke holes in her testimony.

"The lazy description that you made by yourself a mere 24 hours later when you're sitting there thinking about this, writing about it in your father's house, right?" Bollo's attorney asked.

"I didn't want to think about it," the victim said.

Bollo faces up to 15 years in prison if he is convicted.

 


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