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Therapist takes stand in Lufkin molestation trial

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

A psychologist described her interview of a molestation victim Thursday in the second day of a child indecency trial of a Lufkin man.

Justin Delany Nash, 33, is charged with second-degree indecency with a child.

Lufkin Police arrested Nash in October after a teacher found a student's journal entry, in which she wrote, "I wish I had another life. I got raped by Justin, and I'm scared to tell my mom."

Jessica Hernandez of Harold's House took the stand, saying she's conducted forensic interviews for five years. The witness also stated she had a background in psychology. She described the process involved with forensic interviews conducted on children victimized by abuse. She says she serves children ages two to 17. Hernandez testified to conducting over 600 forensic interviews.

Hernandez said she did a forensic interview on the victim in Sept. 27, 2011.

"I will ask them the reasons that they're there. All the questions that we ask them are open-ended. I don't lead them to tell me any certain answer," said Hernandez.

The witness told prosecutors that the victim used dolls to illustrate where she had been touched.

"She told me she was touched by Justin," said Hernandez. "She was very shy."

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