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Testimony Continues In Pauldine Case

OSWEGO, NY – Anthony M. Pauldine’s trial entered its second day Tuesday with continued testimony from the alleged victim.

Another teen-aged foreign exchange student, also hosted by the Pauldines last year, also testified as well as the local volunteer coordinator the program.

Pauldine was charged Oct. 26, 2009, with third-degree sexual abuse (a class B misdemeanor) and endangering the welfare of a child (a class A misdemeanor).

He allegedly subjected the boy, who was less than 17 years of age, to sexual contact on or about Oct. 18, 2009, according to Assistant District Attorney Donald Todd.

Pauldine is being represented by Anthony DiMartino.

According to the alleged victim, he was lying on a massage table in Pauldine’s home when the businessman reportedly rubbed the boy’s buttocks and then put his hand on his penis.

The boy testified how he left a note on the door of his room and left Pauldine’s house.

Linda Germain, local coordinator of Academic Year in America (a program of the American Institute for Foreign Study Foundation) told how the teen called her upset and asked her to come and get him.

“I asked him what was wrong and he said he wanted me to come get him,” she said.

When she arrived at Pauldine’s home, the teen-ager came out of a side door and had his bags with him, she said.

The other teen testified about his relationship with the alleged victim while they were hosted by Pauldine.

“I wouldn’t say we were close, but we got along,” he said. (The alleged victim) was really quiet.”

The teen also recalled seeing the other boy after the alleged incident and said he didn’t appear to be upset or flustered about anything as far as he observed.

The jury also got to hear the phone call(s) the alleged victim made to Pauldine from the police station following the alleged incident.

The teen said he was bothered about something.

“But, you never came right out and specifically asked about what you were referring to, did you?” DiMartino asked the boy. “You didn’t specifically ask.”

“No, not in those words,” the boy replied.

A jury of four women and three men (one an alternate) are expected to begin deliberations some time Wednesday.