David Allyn Dokich - Serial Child Rapist / High Risk Sex Offender

Monday, March 13, 2006

'Being victimized all over again'

A woman struggles with anger as a conviction in a molestation case is nullified.

12:49 AM PST on Monday, March 13, 2006

By MICHAEL FISHER / The Press-Enterprise

Tormented by the memories of repeated molestations, Christina Barquera considered giving up as she testified in a Riverside County courtroom against the relative accused of sexually abusing her as she grew up in Corona.

But her fear dissolved into determination. Two years earlier, she had steeled herself to confront Donald Edward Nelson on an autumn afternoon as Corona police secretly listened. A jury that heard the 1999 taped conversation and Barquera's later testimony convicted Nelson of 52 counts of child molestation. He was sentenced to 110 years in prison in 2001.

A relieved Barquera figured Nelson was locked away. She felt liberated, vindicated.

Nearly five years later, Barquera is again struggling with anxiety, anger and resolve as Nelson walks free, awaiting a new trial after his first conviction was nullified by a U.S. Supreme Court decision in an unrelated case.

"It's like being victimized all over again, knowing you're going to have to go back to trial and relive those moments all over again," said Barquera, now 26, who agreed to be identified for this story. "You try so hard to suppress everything and to block it out and you think it's finally over and then one day you read (a newspaper) article and you realize you have to ... relive it all again."

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