May 12, 2015 6:26 PM
BRENTWOOD - A criminal trial began on Tuesday for a former Massachusetts police officer who is accused of sexually assaulting a preteen girl over the course of two years.
Carlos Gonzalez, who allegedly rubbed himself against the girl for sexual gratification in the early 1990's, was "like a father" to her when he lived in Salem. Prosecutors say his actions were brought to light on May 15, 1994, when the girl had an emotional breakdown and destroyed the inside of her mother's Pontiac Firebird.
Once the girl told her mother and other family members about what happened, she was brought to the hospital.
A police report against Gonzalez was eventually filed.
Prosecutor Kirsten Wilson told the jury that although the woman is grown now, she has been permanently scarred by Gonzalez, who began touching her as soon as she hit puberty.
Public defender Julia Nye denied the allegations, saying her client is innocent of the charges, and the girl was "angry with her Mom for being controlling" when she destroyed the vehicle.
"Listen to the details," Nye said. "The details are not clear because it didn't happen."
Still, Nye admitted that Gonzalez was mean to the girl and her sister.
She told the jury he would make them kneel on rice with their hands in the air when they misbehaved or earned poor grades in school.
The first witness for the state was the alleged victim's sister. She described the way her sister keyed her mother's car for prosecutor Annaliese Wolf.
"Did she stop when you told her to stop?" Wolf asked.
"No," the woman said.
"Did she stop when you told her she was going to get in trouble?" Wolf asked.
"No," the woman replied.
The woman also said that she thought her sister was favored by Gonzalez. When they went to the store together, she was not allowed to go.
Gonzalez was indicted on aggravated felonious sexual assault charges in 2013, while he was awaiting trial in Florida, where he was accused of child rape while on vacation in July of 2012.
Gonzalez was later acquitted by a jury in Florida and has remained free on bail since.
He was let go from the Lawrence Police Department, where he was 25-year veteran, after the Florida charges were filed.
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