Jury selection to start in day care sexual assault trial

By From page A3 | April 11, 2013

FAIRFIELD — Jury selection is expected to get under way Thursday in the trial of a 62-year-old Vacaville man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl.

Vacaville police arrested Paul G. Gauci in October 2011 at his Woodhaven Drive home, where his wife operated a day care center. He was charged with three alleged felony sexual assault offenses involving a child under the age of 10. Police reported that the assaults occurred in October 2010.

Gauci has pleaded not guilty.

The victim, who was 9 at the time of the alleged assaults, is expected to testify at the trial. Jurors are also expected to watch videotaped recordings of authorities interviewing the girl about what happened to her.

Gauci’s defense attorney, Leslie Prince, has said she intends to show the young girl was improperly influenced about what to tell authorities before Gauci’s arrest.

The state license for the day care center was suspended after Gauci’s arrest.

Gauci posted $800,000 bail shortly after his arrest.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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