Sex crime trial continues with new judge in Rockland

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.

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.