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Victim testifies at trial for Billings man accused of molesting 2 young girls

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Burley is charge with 2 felony sex offenses (YCDF) Burley is charge with 2 felony sex offenses (YCDF)
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At trial for the Billings man accused of molesting a pair of young girls, one victim testified Wednesday that no one believed her when she disclosed the abuse years ago.

Joshua Burley, 37, is being tried in Yellowstone County District Court for two felony sex crimes.

The charges stem from 2010, when Burley allegedly molested a pair of girls, ages 5 and 13.

At trial on Monday, a now 20-year-old victim offered emotional testimony about the abuse.

The woman said Burley had touched her under her clothes while she was asleep.

When the abuse first happened, the woman said, she considered it might be a bad dream.

The prosecutor asked the woman why she thought it might be a dream.

“I wanted it to be a dream because nobody wants something like this to be real,” she answered.

The woman also testified about how she’d been showering on one occasion and found Burley’s cell phone propped up on the cabinet, recording her in the shower.

The woman recounted that when the phone was later examined, almost everything on the phone had been deleted.

The investigation began in 2010 after the younger woman told her school counselor about the abuse.

The younger woman reported Burley had put cake on his genitals and asked her to eat it off, according to court documents.

Defense attorneys asked the older woman on Wednesday about her history with asthma.

The woman testified that she had stopped taking the medication prior to meeting Burley, but noted that she had once experienced a reaction to the medication that caused her to hallucinate.

The defense asked the woman if it were possible she hallucinated about the alleged sexual abuse and she said it was not.

Burley has denied ever abusing the girls.

The jury is expected to begin deliberations on Thursday.

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