Twins Testify as Molestation Prelim Continues

Raymond Anderson's preliminary hearing began Monday. A judge will rule, after further testimony and arguments from attorneys, about whether the case will move forward. Click the "Keep me posted" button below for updates.

Two woman who say an Albany man molested them when they lived with him as children testified in an Oakland courtroom on Tuesday.

Raymond Anderson, 60, pleaded not guilty May 25 to  filed by the Alameda County district attorney's office. He has remained in custody since his Feb. 8 arrest with a bail of $500,000.

His preliminary hearing began Monday and will continue, for a third session, Thursday. Following the hearing, Judge Charles A. Smiley III will decide whether the case can move forward to trial. 

On Tuesday, two sisters who lived with Anderson as youth spoke about what they say happened to them. 

One of the women recalled a single incident in which the took place; she said Anderson had her and her sister, then 12, come into his bedroom and touch his penis until he ejaculated. 

Her sister testified Tuesday about a second similar incident that she said involved both girls, as well as two other times she said Anderson had her touch him while she was alone with him. 

She also related to report the incidents more than 10 years ago. 

According to documents filed by the public defender's office, the incidents were alleged to have occurred from Jan. 1, 1991, to Aug. 27, 1993, and began when the girls were 12.

Some of the testimony about what each sister remembers does not overlap. 

The first sister said, in her testimony Monday and Tuesday, that she only recalled a single molestation incident, though she added that others may have occurred while she slept.

She said she did not go with her sister to report the abuse to police when they were younger. 

Her sister, in testimony later on Tuesday, shared detailed memories of a second alleged instance of abuse involving both girls, as well as her recollections about when more than a decade ago.

The witnesses are excluded from the courtroom except while they testify, so as not to hear what other witnesses in the case have to say. They are forbidden by the judge from discussing their testimony with other witnesses. 

Neither of the women's names are being released by the court due to the nature of the charges.

Anderson's preliminary examination hearing is scheduled to continue Thursday at 9 a.m. in Department 114 at Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse, 661 Washington St., in Oakland.

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