49 year old Joseph S. Cardillo from Niwot, Colorado appeared in court today charged with sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust.
During his testimony Cardillo told the court about his strange childhood in India where he attended nudist schools and took part in urine therapy sessions. This was part of his explanation as to why he spent time with the eight year old girl naked and also drank her urine.
Cardillo explained to the court that he raised the girl as if she were his own child.
“We were two peas in a pod, and we thought alike and could read each other’s minds – I’ve never had a relationship like that before,” he said.
“I love her very much.”
He then went on to explain how he had previously practiced urine therapy, and happily accepted when the young girl offered her urine for him to drink.
“It was a ritual and I honor her for it, but I don’t know why I did it,” Cardillo told the court.
“It’s not accepted practice in this country – it might have been different in India.”
“And the way she asked me was innocent and cute,” he continued.
“She was getting it out of my system. It was her suggestion. Not to put blame on her. I did make a choice to accept, which is my fault.”
Cardillo admitted that he spent time with the girl naked, he says the young girl was also naked some of the time but not as often as he was.
On top of the charge for sexual assault Cardillo also faces charges for failing to appear in court because he fled the state whilst on bail and was later arrested in Arizona. If convicted Cardillo could face life in prison.