The mom of two women who’ve accused a former Naples police officer of molesting them testified Tuesday and detailed the tense moments when she came upon concerning the allegations.
Ricardo Vazquez Jr.’s trial began Monday with jury choice and testimony from the 2 teenage women and is predicted to final yet one more day.
He faces three counts of lewd or lascivious molestation of a kid who’s 12 years of age or older however youthful than sixteen years and one rely of lewd or lascivious molestation of a kid youthful than 12 years, in line with courtroom paperwork.
If convicted on all counts, Vazquez Jr. might resist life in jail.
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The mother, whom the Daily News is not identifying to protect the identity of the underage victims, told the jury Tuesday that she received a text from her father in March 2016, telling her he needed to speak to her and that Vazquez Jr. couldn’t be nearby.
The mother waited until Vazquez Jr. left the room and then spoke to her father by phone. He told her that one of her daughters had disclosed to her grandparents alleged episodes of Vazquez Jr. inappropriately touching her.
“From information that I learned on the phone, I got scared because I could hear Mr. Vazquez … and I knew he was coming back around the corner,” she said. “So I immediately told (my father) I had to hang up.”
The mother said she thought the safest time to talk to her daughters — who were staying with relatives — would be the next morning.
“I was in shock,” she said. “So I hid in the laundry room for the entire night.”
The next day, the mother testified, she left the house, telling Vazquez Jr. she needed to run an errand. She grabbed her youngest child, some belongings and met the two girls at a relative’s condo.
There, the older of the two girls told her what happened, the mother said.
She “was very upset,” the mother said. “And she was crying, and she just kept saying that she was sorry.”
Prosecutors say Vazquez Jr. inappropriately touched the two young girls on multiple occasions over a period of several years.
The alleged touching began when one of the girls was 10 and the other 12, prosecutors said.
The mother during cross-examination Tuesday was asked by one of Vazquez Jr.’s defense attorneys why she didn’t confront Vazquez Jr. when she learned of the…