A 46-year-old Florida woman says she blocked out the sexual abuse she suffered for six years as a child — until she moved next door to the alleged perv.
With her memory clear and no statute of limitations in the way, the woman reported the crimes and enticed 66-year-old Donald Truluck to admit the abuse in a telephone call recorded by Alachua County authorities, the Gainesville Sun reported.
"I remembered nothing and then probably about six years ago, I started having flashbacks, images," the woman identified only as Tracey told the newspaper. "I had to go seek therapy and during that is when everything came to light. After years of working on it, it all came up."
“When she came to me and told me what she had been covering up in her life, I cried,” a cousin of Tracey's told the paper. “I told her that nobody should ever, ever, ever have to carry this burden that you're carrying every day. It is a criminal offense, what he did, and you need to let the world know.”
Tracey decided to confront Truluck, and got him to admit the abuse. Then she was able to set up the telephone sting with cops.
“Before I got there I told myself that if they have some kind of script to read it's not going to work — it's not me," Tracey told the Sun. "It will have to be me in order for him to believe the conversation. So I was completely honest and told him, 'As you know, I've been in therapy some time over this mess and I need you to help me out with closing this up.' I asked him questions and he freely answered them. It just poured out like nobody's business. His only answer when I asked him why he did it was, 'You're pretty.' And that was it, because I was pretty.”
Tracey said that Truluck fed her drugs and molested her for six years, starting when she was 6, the newspaper reported. She said he gave her Quaaludes, cocaine and marijuana.
Truluck had a Jeep truck with a mattress in the back, she said. He would pull over and make her get in the back with him, she told the paper. “He groomed me well, I can say that," Tracey told the paper. "He took me places and bought me things. But in return I had to pay for it. My mom — they trusted him. That's why I wear the guilt and the shame — because I should have been a whistleblower as a child and I didn't know how. When I was faced with threats, I didn't know what to do. I was a kid. He would say, 'If you tell we're in big trouble.' We're in trouble, not 'I'm in trouble.'"
Tracy said she blocked the memories, but was never the same. She said she became suicidal. "I probably didn't reach the potential I should have," she told the paper. "I dropped out of school. I had trust issues. I'm a recluse. I stay home. I don't trust people."
Truluck, now in the Alachua County Jail, pleaded not guilty. He is charged with sexual battery of a child.
Even though the statute of limitations does not apply in such cases, his lawyer believes the time passed since the alleged abuse presents some challenges. “It is unusual to prosecute someone for such an old allegation — not because the allegation is not serious, but because the passage of times erodes the accused's ability to get a fair trial: witnesses become unavailable, evidence disappears, memories fade or become altered,” Evelyn Sapp told the paper. “In the case of Donald Truluck, he faces charges for allegations of events that happened about 40 years ago. Mr. Truluck disputes the allegations and looks forward to mounting his defense.”
Tracey hopes that her actions will encourage other victims of sexual assaults to go to the authorities, no matter how much time has passed. “I just want the community to know that if there is somebody who is afraid to come forward, don't be afraid," she told the paper. "The police are there to help us and we just have to trust them to do their job, and that's what they did for me. And offenders need to be put on notice — you are going to pay for your crime eventually. He might have made the first 46 years of my life miserable, but I am not going to be miserable for the rest of my life.”
New York Daily News
September 15, 2015
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