South Nyack man faces sex abuse trial involving young girl

Todd Retallack, 49, of South Nyack went on trial today in Rockland County Court in New City on felony charges of sex abuse involving a girl under the age of 11.

The final two jurors were chosen to the 11-member panel, with several alternates. The prosecution then gave its opening statement to the jury, followed by the defense lawyers.

Testimony opened with the little girl’s mother taking the stand before the jury and Judge William K. Nelson. The girl is expected to testify for the prosecution.

Following a six-month investigation, Retallack, once married with children, was charged with first-degree sexual abuse, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. The felony abuse count involves accusations of improper sexual contact with a child younger than 11, according to the state penal law.

South Nyack-Grand View police arrested Retallack in May 2011 after the girl’s father went to the police about six months earlier. Retallack knew the family.

The trial continues on Monday at the Rockland County Courthouse in New City.

Steve Lieberman

Steve Lieberman joined The Journal News as an editor in February 1984 and became a reporter during the spring of 1986. He has covered police, courts and legal issues for more than a decade, after reporting on county, town, village and state governments and general issues. He received more than a dozen state awards for writing and reporting. Born and raised in The Bronx, he has lived in Rockland since 1988.