The jury is now deliberating in the predatory sexual assault trial of a Manchester man who stands accused of having a sexual relationship with a family member who was 12-years-old at the time the alleged abuse started.
CANANDAIGUA — The jury is now deliberating in the predatory sexual assault trial of a Manchester man who stands accused of having a sexual relationship with a minor (at the time) who is a family member, over the span of six years.
Both the prosecution and defense counsel made valiant arguments to support their cases, as the victim sat in the audience, showing continued courage.
“The more things change the more things stay the same,” said Marcea Tetamore, Feliciano’s defense attorney. “Only question is- do you believe her?”
During the trial, the woman, now in her early 20s, told the courtroom of how the situation went quickly from touching to sex.
“These were the cards I was dealt,” testified the victim “and I was thinking this was my life.”
“During summation by prosecution by First Assistant District Attorney Jason MacBride, he surmised that the victim whom was 12-years-old at the time is credible and believable.
“Was she lying to things she testified to?” said MacBride. “These things don’t happen for other people to see.”
MacBride told the jury that the woman, who is now in college and on the Deans List, has no motive for lying.
Messenger Post Media is in the courtroom and will continue to follow this developing trial.
CANANDAIGUA — It was a long day of testimony in the trial of Steven Feliciano, 56, who sits charged with predatory sexual assault, rape and other charges.
On Tuesday in court the alleged victim, a family member, testified that Feliciano’s abuse started when she was in 6th grade and and lasted through her high school graduation.
“The victim is now in college, an honor student. Don’t you think they would rather be anywhere else other than here testifying?” stated Ontario County First Assistant District Attorney Jason MacBride in his opening statements.
“Times are changing,” stated Feliciano’s defense attorney, Marcea Tetamore, in in her opening remarks, in which she referred to the #metoo movement. “The problem is there are only two people in the room that know the real story.”
According to the victim's testimony, in November of 2017 family members were informed of the assaults while Feliciano was serving a six-month sentence for a separate criminal matter. Family discovered that the alleged rapes were going on repeatedly throughout her middle school and high school years, according to testimony.
Visiting home from college, the victim decided to tell family.
“It felt like a relief, it felt like something was lifted off my shoulders,” said the victim during testimony. “I carried it a long time now. It’s a long process to dealing with it.”
The victim testified that she was afraid to tell anyone the abuse was taking place, partly due to the fear of being labeled a "home-wrecker."
“I felt embarrassed, disgusted and ashamed,” she said. “I realize now it’s his fault and not my fault.”
During cross examination, Tetamore questioned her as to why she didn’t tell medical personnel when she went to the doctor's office for check-ups.
The prosecution also called to the stand Ontario County Sheriff’s Investigator John Falbo, who specializes in sexual assault allegations.
According to testimony, the abuse ended in 2016.
“Delayed disclosure occurs after a lengthy time in which sex abuse is occurring,” explained Falbo, who has closed out approximately 120 child sex abuse cases in his career. “Nearly 99 percent involve someone known or a family member of the abuse victim. It can be months, years or decades if the person ever comes forward.”
Falvo testified that he assisted the victim with making a recorded phone call to Feliciano that was played to the jury. According to Falbo, in the recording Felciano neither confirmed nor denied the accusations.
"Don’t worry about that, those things,” said Feliciano in the recorded phone call.
On Wednesday the proceedings will pick up with Tetamore cross-examining Falbo.