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NJ Father Under Cross-Examination In Incest Case

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PATERSON, N.J. (AP) – A New Jersey man accused of raping five of his daughters and impregnating three faced intense cross-examination Thursday, as a prosecutor produced school transcripts and test scores to counter the man’s claims that he got high marks in school and had once been an Eagle Scout.

Lisa Squitieri, the Passaic County prosecutor handling the case, challenged what she said was the man’s prior claim that he scored near 1500 on the SATs by producing a transcript showing he had a total SAT score of 70 points. She showed other transcripts from high school and one semester of college from which she said he was expelled, and she said they reflected his poor grades. She also showed a letter from a company he had claimed to work for stating they had no record of his employment.

“Those are not my records — and I think you know that,” the man said to Squitieri.

“No, they are your records, you may not want them to be,” she answered.

The man testified earlier that he loved his children and never harmed them. He said testimony from his former wife that he beat her and the children, and a daughter who said he raped her until she bore him a child, were “all lies.”

The man, who was arrested in 2006 and ruled competent to stand trial this year, has pleaded not guilty to 27 charges including sexual assault, lewdness, child endangerment and criminal sexual contact.

Three of the daughters whom he is accused of raping are believed to have given birth to a total of six of his children.

The Associated Press generally doesn’t identify victims of sexual crimes and isn’t reporting the name of the man or his former wife to protect the identities of their children, who are now older than 18.

The first of five trials — one for each child he’s accused of victimizing — is taking place in Paterson, about 10 miles west of New York City.

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