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Victims Amanda, Jasmine and Ally say Pompa used to be a father figure to them. "He was always there. He watched after us. He would sometimes run relay races in the front yard," says Jasmine, who was 12 or 13 at the time of the attacks. "He was like another father to me, and he was just such a sweet person to us that we never thought anything about anything like that."

Ally, who was 14, says she doesn't remember being molested, but Jasmine says she remembers scenes. "I would wake up a little groggy thinking I was dreaming or, you know, I thought I felt something. I told the girls the next morning, and they were, like, 'Oh, it might have been the cat, you know, just touching you,'" she says. "I would just think, 'Oh, it's just me imagining,' because he was always such a touchy-feely kind of person."

If the girls woke to find Pompa in the room, they say he would claim to be checking on them. Amanda, who was 11 when the incidents started, says she can be a heavy sleeper, but she would wake up constantly while staying at Pompa's house. "He'd just be standing in the doorway or standing in the corner of the room, and it was kind of just not right," she says. "It felt very creepy and just awkward and uncomfortable."

The girls say Pompa was also insistent on giving them drinks. Ally says he always had a drink ready for them at bedtime. One night, Amanda says she couldn't sleep, and Pompa told her that drinking water would help her. "I didn't understand why water was going to make me fall asleep," she says. "So I dumped it out behind the bed." 

One night at Pompa's house, Jasmine says she wanted to go home because she didn't feel well. "He said, 'No, you need to drink your iced tea and you'll feel better,'" she says. "I just wanted to get into my own house because I was scared." After telling Pompa she got sick in the bathroom, Jasmine ran home and told her grandmother that something was wrong. "He didn't want me to go home. And I didn't know what to do because I was so young and it was just so confusing to me."
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Published on September 15, 2008

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