County Superior Court K2/14-710A Brian P. Stern Associate
State: Christopher R. Bush Department of Attorney General
Defendant: Camille A. McKenna Office of the Public Defender
Present: Suttell, C.J., Goldberg, Flaherty, Robinson, and
Maureen McKenna Goldberg Associate Justice.
case came before the Supreme Court on December 5, 2018,
pursuant to an order directing the parties to appear and show
cause why the issues raised in this appeal should not be
summarily decided. The defendant, George Tabora (defendant or
Tabora), appeals from a judgment of conviction after a jury
found him guilty of two counts of second-degree child
molestation sexual assault committed against his son, whom we
refer to as John.
appeal, defendant argues that the trial justice erred in
denying his motion for a new trial and that the verdict
failed to serve the interests of justice. After hearing the
arguments of counsel and examining the memoranda filed by the
parties, we are of the opinion that cause has not been shown,
and we proceed to decide the appeal at this time. For the
reasons set forth herein, we affirm the judgment of
disturbing facts of this case concern acts of molestation
committed against John, who was born on August 8, 2005. His
parents, defendant and Rabiaa Madouch (Rabiaa), were
separated in 2006 and their divorce was finalized in 2009.
John resided primarily with his mother and had regularly
scheduled visitation with his father.
2014, after John completed the third grade, he and his mother
traveled to Morocco to visit her family for the summer. While
spending time with his relatives, John observed how his
cousins interacted with other family members and later
testified at trial that "[t]hey were all happy, and if
something [was] bothering them, they [would] tell their
mother or their grandpa or their uncle or whoever."
and John returned to Rhode Island in August 2014; and, soon
thereafter, John began the fourth grade. According to Rabiaa,
his first homework assignment was to compose ten good things
about himself, but John instead wrote about his father.
Notably, this essay assignment was the impetus for the
charges and ultimate conviction in this case.
who was nine years old at the time, used the assignment as an
opportunity to disclose some of the troubling incidents
involving his father that he had been harboring. He wrote as
follows, on lined paper marked with his name and dated
"What I think about my dad
He talks about women boobs and daddy gets naked in front of
me. My dad watches movies on sex and he does not change the
chanal [sic] ...