He said they both had their clothes on and it was not sexual in nature. He often helped the children get ready in the morning, and the mother became uncomfortable with him laying next to the child, he said, adding there were no findings in the investigation.
Pellebon also said he wouldn’t be as affectionate to some of the other girls who would visit their home because they weren’t affectionate children.
Freudiger said he saw that Pellebon had close relationships with the young girls and realized he liked to show affection to them, adding that perhaps those close relationships may have been a big temptation and asked if something ever went further than Pellebon intended it to. Pellebon replied no.
However, since one of the girls told a forensic interviewer she had been sexually abused and identified her abuser, Pellebon was arrested. Although there may not have been much physical evidence, the child’s testimony was enough.
District Judge Tracy Schumacher told the jury panel at the end of the day Monday, during the worst-case scenario, the trial would wrap up Friday. The trial is in recess until 9 a.m. today.