Broward County

Defendant says ‘bad judgment’; jury says molestation

Augustine Bollo, 49, a Weston foot surgeon, is handcuffed on Friday after being found guilty of sexually abusing a teenage babysitter.
Augustine Bollo, 49, a Weston foot surgeon, is handcuffed on Friday after being found guilty of sexually abusing a teenage babysitter. Courtesy CBS4

Augustine Bollo, a Weston foot surgeon, admitted on video to “bad judgment” and inappropriate behavior with a 15-year-old babysitter, the child of a family friend.

A Broward County jury went a step farther. It believed Bollo indulged in illegal behavior and convicted him Friday on one count of lewd and lascivious molestation. Bollo faces up to 15 years in jail.

The acts in dispute occurred in April 2012.

Bollo’s first trial was declared a mistrial by a Broward circuit court judge who ruled that the prosecution repeatedly showed the jury inadmissible evidence.

During the second trial, which started last week, the young woman, now 19, repeated her allegations, according to a report by Herald news partner, CBS4.

“He told one of the kids to get him a blanket,” the victim testified, saying Bollo put the blanket over her and him, then took her hand and placed it on his private parts.

In a transcript of a May 30, 2012, conversation with his wife and the victim’s mother, secretly recorded by the Broward Sheriff’s Office and shown in court, Bollo says: “I don’t want to go into details because it doesn’t make either one of us look good,” and, repeatedly, “the bottom line, I’m the adult.”

But, eventually, he says, “It happened twice.”

The young woman said Bollo gave her $300; Bollo said, “I didn’t know what to do. I thought, maybe, she just wanted the money.”

Defense attorney David Bogenschutz argued that the girl made up the allegations.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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