Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Trial Begins for David Durling Accused of Sexual Assault
Opening arguments were made this morning in the trial of a Vineland soccer coach charged with aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child in 2004 and 2005.
The charges against David Durling, for incidents that allegedly happened on camping trips and overnight stays with three 10- and 11-year-old boys he coached in soccer, were based on statements by the children.
Assistant Cumberland County Prosecutor Dara Paley, in her opening statement, described Durling as "the man that all three boys trusted and all three considered to be their surrogate father ... (who) betrayed the trust of all three boys."
"I guess we can all go home now," said Durling's lawyer, Carmen DiMario, in his opening statement.
"The prosecutor wants you to be stupid. They would be happy if you said, 'Child molestation. Guilty'," he said.
DiMario called it "one of the worst-investigated cases I've seen in my life."
First on the witness stand in the afternoon was Vineland Detective Louis Negron.