Trial begins for Fresno man accused of molesting foster children

Trial begins for Fresno man accused of molesting foster children

By Pablo Lopez - The Fresno Bee

While his wife was away, a Fresno man sexually assaulted his 13-year-old foster child inside his home over several months in 2010, a prosecutor said Wednesday in opening statements of the man’s criminal trial.

William Green, 33, a former basketball coach and substitute teacher in Fresno-area schools, is accused in Fresno County Superior Court of six felony charges of lewd acts with the 13-year-old girl and three misdemeanor counts of molesting or annoying another female foster child.

In opening statements, prosecutor Gabriel Brickey said Green would wait until his wife left the house before he sexually assaulted the 13-year-old girl. Green also kissed and rubbed the inner thigh of a 16-year-old foster child, Brickey told jurors.

A key piece of evidence, Brickey said, was a telephone call the 13-year-old made to Green.

The phone call was recorded and monitored by a police detective. In the phone conversation, Green didn’t deny having sex with the 13-year-old, but he told the girl that he loved her and told her not to tell anyone because “his life would be over,” Brickey told the jury.

Brickey said the two girls, as well as other foster children who once lived in Green’s home, will testify against him in Judge James Petrucelli’s courtroom.

Green’s attorney, Franz Criego, did not make an opening statement.

A criminal complaint accuses Green of lewd acts with the 13-year-old from January to July 2010 and molesting or annoying the 16-year-old in July 2010. The two girls didn’t tell authorities right away. They later told a social worker and a relative, who reported it to police.

Green was arrested on March 11, 2011, a few days after police learned of the alleged molestation. Once the allegation surfaced, Child Protective Services immediately removed the foster children from Green’s home, Brickey said.

Before his arrest, Green was a substitute teacher at several schools in the Fresno Unified School District, an instructional aide at Roosevelt High and a basketball coach at San Joaquin Memorial High School.

Police have said the alleged molestation did not happen on a school campus and did not involve any student.