Click here to read: “Man, 24, testifies of childhood assaults by priest, teacher,” by Allison Steel, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly.com, January 16.
The first time Billy ever spoke of being molested was in an impulsive confession to his best friend in high school, he testified, when the two were sophomores. They were discussing a teacher they found “creepy” because of the way he hugged his students and stood overly close to them, and Billy said he told his friend why he was so bothered by it.
The friend, Leo Hernandez, testified Tuesday that he felt angry after Billy’s confession, but that the two did not speak much more about it. Hernandez never told anyone for fear of betraying Billy’s trust, he said.
“I’m pretty sure it’s not too easy to tell a guy that you were touched,” he said. “It’s hard for me to talk about it in front of all these people, so I can only imagine.”