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Ex-School Cop Takes Stand In Sex Abuse Case

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Former Pittsburgh School police officer Robert Lellock took the stand in his own defense this morning and denied he ever molested any teenage boys either in a closet or in his police cruiser.

From the very beginning of the defense’s case, Lellock said the teenagers who accused him, and who are now in their 20s and 30s, lied on him.

The first question from defense attorney Timothy Kidd:
Defense attorney: “Did you ever molest [Victim No. 1]?”

Lellock: “No, I did not.”

Defense attorney: “Did you ever molest [Victim No. 2]?”

Lellock: “No, I did not.”

Lellock testified he developed a chart showing he couldn’t have been where some of the victims said he was, and that he wasn’t at Arthur J. Rooney Middle School as much as they claimed.

The prosecution though said the chart had enough unexplained times that Lellock had plenty of opportunity to commit the crimes. Also, that two of the alleged victims, who did not know each other, pointed to the same closet when asked by police where the molestations happened.

Prosecutor: “Did you ever take them to a second floor janitor’s closet and molest them?”

Lellock: “Absolutely not.”

Prosecutor: “So, when they say you opened the door with a key the principal says you weren’t authorized to have, they are lying?”

Lellock: “Yes they are.”

Prosecutor: “And when [Victim No. 2] says you propositioned him in your cruiser, he’s lying?”

Lellock: “Yes he is.”

In closing arguments, the defense said the whole case had a snowball effect once Victim No. 1 spoke with police and that he could have been mistaken. Also, that it would seem strange that of the 600,000 students he came in contact with, he would only choose four to molest.

But the prosecutor called many of Lellock’s claims “hooey.”

The jury begins deliberations Monday morning.

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