The second day of trial for a man accused of molesting five girls opened Tuesday morning with the recorded video of a forensic interview conducted with one of the alleged victims.
The interview, performed at the Child Advocacy Center, showed a girl talking about the times that Robert Gruka inappropriately touched her, starting when she was 6 years old. The girl told the interviewer she saw Gruka pulling his pants down to molest another girl sleeping in her home and told him, “You better not do that.”
Gruka paused and said, “I can do that,” before continuing with the molestation, the girl said.
The girl also said in the recorded interview that she once tried to call police after she was molested, but that Gruka took the phone away before she could dial past the “9” in 911.
This is the second trial for Gruka, after the first in September ended in mistrial because of a mistake made by the Public Defender’s Office. He faces 14 charges, including aggravated sexual battery, child molestation, incest and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
His attorney, Peter Johnson, said in opening arguments that testimony of the alleged victims was contradictory.