Weston podiatrist apologizes to teen's mom in video
Jurors in molestation trial watch Dr. Augustine Bollo speak about incident
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – In court Wednesday, jurors watched a video of Weston podiatrist Dr. Augustine Bollo apologizing to the mother of the 15-year-old girl he's accused of molesting.
The mother wore a wire as she spoke to Augustine Bollo and his wife in a park. Law enforcement recorded the encounter.
"I don't want to go into details. It doesn't make either one of us look good but bottom line is I am the adult and that is the bottom line," Bollo said in the video.
A mistrial was declared in Bollo's first trial in February after prosecutors played an audio recording that they should not have. Bollo is also accused of giving the victim $200 for her silence.
During the recording, Bollo is asked if the incident was an accident.
"I don't know how to explain it. I just jumped up and walked away," he responded. "It was very short, 30 seconds or a minute whatever. I don't think either one of us knew what happened. "
During the conversation, the victim's mother is sitting on the ground, while Bollo is on one knee in front of her.
Bollo admits something happened and goes on to say it happened more than once.
The mother tells Bollo that her daughter feels he put her hands where they didn't belong.
"I went like this," Bollo told the mother, gesturing with his hand going down onto his lap. "First time, it happened twice."
Bollo went on to call the victim and apologize to her during the conversation with the mother – which was tapped by police.
Bollo, who faces up to 15 years in prison if he is convicted, is expected to take the stand as the trial continues.
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