SAN JOSE -- Two girls testified in Santa Clara County Superior Court on Wednesday that a former day care worker touched them inside their clothing but not on their skin sometime between summer 2010 and early 2011.
One girl, now 10 who was 7 at the time, said that her former teacher Keith Woodhouse touched her on her behind over her underwear, but not her skin, on multiple occasions.
The second girl, now 7, testified that Woodhouse touched her "butt" inside her clothing but on her underwear one time when she was 4 years old at the El Rancho Verde preschool in San Jose.
"I was sleeping when he pat on my back," the 7-year-old girl testified, describing a time when she took a nap at the preschool.
The girl, under questioning from Deputy District Attorney Luis Ramos, said that the touching made her "sad and a little bit mad."
The girls are among nine children that the district attorney's office charges Woodhouse abused sexually when they were 5 to 7 years old at two day care centers where he worked from August 2010 to January 2011.
Woodhouse, 27, is on trial charged with 30 counts of felony lewd and lascivious acts on children under 14 that he supervised at Child Development Centers at El Rancho Verde and the Trace Elementary School in San Jose.
He faces life in prison if convicted and is currently being held without bail at the Santa Clara County Main Jail.
In Wednesday's afternoon session of the trial, which began Aug. 26, Ramos showed the jury video recordings of interviews with two other girls conducted by San Jose police officers in January 2011.
A girl interviewed on Jan. 21, 2011, when she was 6 years old, in a room alone with a female officer, told the officer that Woodhouse touched her on the skin of her backside one time with his hand.
In the video, the child said that it made her feel "nervous" and she asked the officer not to tell her parents about it.
But in a second video from Jan. 27, 2011, a 5-year-old girl repeatedly answered "no" to questions from a male officer if Woodhouse ever touched her private parts or backside, even after the officer told her that "a friend" told him that Woodhouse had touched her.
"Is there anything Mr. Keith does that you don't like?" the policeman asked her.
"No," she said.
Later, the officer said, "I heard somebody say you didn't like to be touched."
"Nobody touched me," the girl replied.
Woodhouse's attorney Kelley Kulick said that the defense case would be based on refuting the state's evidence.
The jury has yet to see the full picture and will have to view many videotaped statements from the children to understand the inconsistencies and how they have changed over time, Kulick said.
"You have to evaluate what is said and why," Kulick said. "This is a very large case for jurors to handle."
The trial resumes Thursday with testimony from two other alleged victims, Ramos said.
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