VALPARAISO | A 15-year-old girl broke down in tears Tuesday morning when asked to describe for the jury what Daniel Aguilar III did to her as a younger girl.
"He would have me do stuff to him, and he would do stuff to me," she said in a soft-spoken voice. "I feel uncomfortable talking about this."
The girl went on to accuse Aguilar of fondling her and engaging her in various sexual activities about 50 times beginning when she was in third grade. She said he also sexually abused her sister and a friend.
Aguilar, 38, is accused of molesting three girls between 1999 and 2006 in Portage. He faces three Class A felony and two Class C felony counts of child molesting. Each Class A felony count carries a potential prison sentence of between 20 and 50 years behind bars.
Defense attorney Jennifer Culotta told jurors Aguilar is falsely accused in a story "concocted" by the three friends.
He was living in California when the allegations surfaced and he responded by driving back to the area, she said.
The 15-year-old girl, who was the first to testify in this week's trial before Porter Superior Court Judge Bill Alexa, said she waited until three years after the abuse ended before reporting it because she feared she would wind up in trouble.
She revealed the abuse by writing a letter to her mother after hearing another girl at church share her story about coming forward after being abused.