Jaycee Dugard (before her abduction) and Phillip Garrido
Nick Ut/AP; El Dorado County Sheriffs Office/Reuters/AP
09/25/2009 at 04:30 PM EDT
Jaycee Dugard is prepared to testify against Phillip and Nancy Garrido if the 29-count kidnapping and rape case against them goes to trial, her new lawyer tells PEOPLE.
"Jaycee understands and appreciates that some absolutely terrible things were done to her and fully appreciates that those people need to be held accountable, and as a result of that she is fully cooperating with the law enforcement agencies involved in the prosecution," says McGregor Scott, a former federal prosecutor.
The statements come one month after Garrido, 58, visited his parole officer with Jaycee, 29, and the two daughters he had with her, and Dugard revealed that Garrido had abducted her
18 years earlier as she walked to her school bus stop in South Lake Tahoe.
Scott declined to discuss whether Dugard wants to testify or has mixed feelings. "It's premature to speculate how that might play itself out," he says.
Scott, now a partner at Orrick, an international law firm, says he agreed to take the case pro bono to help administer a trust fund
for the family – which has already raised over $100,000 – and because he feels he owes it to Dugard as someone who worked for law enforcement in the state for about the same length of time that Dugard's family was waiting for her to come home.
"We failed – and I include myself in that. We failed Jaycee Dugard. And this is some way to make up for that," Scott says.