LAKE ODESSA, Mich. (WOOD) - Chad Curtis didn't have much of an outward reaction at the moment a jury of his peers convicted him on six counts of criminal sexual conduct, but the father of one of the victims says his daughter did.
"My daughter was crying," the father said of his teenage daughter who was one of five young women who took the stand against Curtis. "It's very emotional for these kids."
24 Hour News 8 is not identifying the father by name to protect his daughter.
After a week-long trial, a jury took only two-and-a-half hours to come up with a guilty verdict. The families of the victims have waited more than a year for the day the verdict was read.
"We're glad the girls were vindicated in this," the father said. He says he felt the victims were also on trial. "We're glad it's done."
Before he was taken away to jail by Barry County Sheriff's deputies, Curtis hugged his wife and daughters who sat behind him for the duration of the trial. The father who spoke to 24 Hour News 8 says he feels for them.
"It's not like we're celebrating, because there is another family involved," he said. ""It's not the rest of the family's fault. It's Chad Curtis'."
"It's hard to say there was a winner and a loser. The kids lost by having the whole thing happen to them and now Curtis' family loses and everybody else loses because of his actions."
Chad Curtis did not take the stand during his trial -- a decision that was likely made along with his attorney.
"He had his chance to get up on the stand and say something and he never took it ... he didn't want to take the stand … to me that was a cowardly act."
The father said watching his daughter testify and endure cross examination from Curtis' attorney was difficult.
"My daughter, when she got off the stand she was in tears," the father said.
The father also took issue with the notion the defense presented that the victims didn't seem to have a problem with what happened until adults got involved.
"They didn't even know what was going on was wrong," the father said. "That's what we're here for. That's why we're adults."
Lakewood High School has made changes since the Curtis allegations surfaced. The principal of the school testified that the door to the training room where many of the assaults took place now has a window. Staff and volunteers have also undergone training about being alone with students.
To some extent, the father says he is frustrated with the school, especially after learning that the principal had walked in on Curtis while he was providing "therapy" alone in the training room with his daughter.
"They allowed this stuff to happen," he said.
"I'm sure there's going to be a policy in place going forward … it seems like some good did come out of it."
Curtis will have another chance to address the court at his sentencing in September. The victim's father says he's not holding out hope for an apology.
"I don't know that an apology would make any difference for me," the father said. "I'm just glad it's done."
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