The sex abuse trial for South Nyack resident Todd Retallack has restarted – with a new judge.
Rockland County Court Judge William K. Nelson became ill and the trial came to a stop for more than a week.
The 9th Judicial District sent in a pinch-hitting judge, Barry Warhit of Westchester County Court.
Warhit had some homework to do before he reopened the trial – reading the transcripts of the opening statements and trial testimony.
The witnesses included the young girl who claims to have been molested. The girl’s mother also testified, as did Retallack’s daughter, a friend of the young girl. They were cross-examined by Retallack’s lawyer, Daniel Bertolino
Retallack, 49, once married with children, was charged after a six-month investigation 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.