Victim Takes Stand at Priest Molestation Trial

CBS 47
March 18, 2009

The alleged victim in a sexual abuse trial against the Fresno Catholic Diocese took the stand on Wednesday.

George Santillan, now 59-years-old, testified in Fresno County Superior Court. He claims that between 1959 and 1973 that he and his brother were molested by a Wasco priest.

On the witness stand, Santillan said, “He would come out of his bedroom with a sheet… He’d lay it on the floor… bring out rubbing alcohol… After that was over… He would get up, roll up the sheet and take it with him.”

Santillan said it was at that time that he was touched in inappropriate spots and sexually abused by Monsignor Anthony Herdegen.

Bishop John Steinbock was also scheduled to take the stand on Wednesday.

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