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Jury to begin deliberations in teacher molestation trial

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CNS) - Jury deliberations began today in the trial of a former fifth-grade teacher accused of molesting two boys who had been in her class, including one who was 12 when the alleged sexual acts started.

Adrienne Feistel, 36, is charged with 17 counts of committing lewd acts on a child and faces more than 10 years in prison if convicted.

She claims one child's mother falsely accused her, and that the other male never told her he was under 18.

Prosecutor Wendy Patrick told the jury in her opening statement that Feistel became close to the victims' families before molesting their children.

She said Feistel had become best friends with the 16-year-old sister of a 12-year-old boy before she began molesting the boy in 2006.

She said Feistel complained that the boy wasn't paying enough attention to her, then moved in with his family when she separated from her husband.

The boy, now 15, testified that Feistel came into his room at night and molested him.

He said the first time Feistel got in bed with him, she kissed him, and that during a third late-night visit, Feistel touched his "privates." He said she told him her mouth would "feel good" on his privates, and during another visit she orally copulated him.

He said she also asked him to put his mouth on her breast, which he did, but that when she asked him to have intercourse with her, he refused.

Feistel had to move out after his mother came in his room one morning and caught them in bed together, he said.

He said he told three friends about Feistel but didn't tell any adults until August 2008, when police were called to his home to break up an argument between his mother and his sister.

The other alleged victim said he had sex with Feistel before he turned 18, Patrick said.

Defense attorney Anna Yum told the jury in her opening statement that the younger boy's mother falsely accused Feistel of molesting her son to protect herself and regain control of her relationship with her older daughter.

The day of the mother-daughter argument, the daughter called Feistel to "save me from my abusive mother," Yum told the jury.

The attorney urged jurors to assess the credibility of witnesses, and asserted their testimony was based on "gossip and innuendo."

Yum said Antonio never once said he was under 18 when he had sex with Feistel, and that there was a lack of credible evidence to prove her client guilty.


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