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May 16, 1985

A 6-year-old witness testifying in the McMartin Pre-School molestation hearing asked to speak to the judge privately about her fear of "someone" in the courtroom. Municipal Judge Aviva K. Bobb met for several minutes with the child, the prosecutor and a representative of the defense team in chambers, but details of the meeting were not disclosed. However, her father said in a hallway interview that the child had told him she was "scared of Ray." The child, who has testified that chief defendant Raymond Buckey, 26, raped her and threatened to kill her parents if she told of the incident, resumed her testimony after the conference. Bobb said in court that "I know of nothing that actually occured in the courtroom to cause her concerns."

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