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A director from the youth center testified Thursday that Barello’s admission about a sexual relationship would have been irrelevant to his leaving the program.

Barello also said he had an eight-month sexual relationship with Waite in 2012, when he was 18 years old.

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On Thursday, Waite’s attorney, Randall Marshall, brought in a teen who testified that the alleged victim denied having sex with Waite, and also two of Waite’s neighbors, who testified that they sometimes saw a group of teens from her swim team at Waite’s home, but they never saw her alone with a teenage boy.

Waite’s former attorney, James Retallick, also testified that the alleged victim told him during a lunch meeting that the sexual encounters never happened.

On the stand, however, the teen said he felt pressured by Barello, who told him if he said a sexual relationship never happened, charges would be dropped against Waite.

If convicted, Waite could face one to 15 years in prison for each of the charges.


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