Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that today a Kent County Superior Court Jury found Henry Bozzo (age 60), of Warwick, guilty of one count of first degree child molestation. The jury returned the verdict after less than two hours of deliberation, following a three-day trial presided over by Superior Court Justice Brian Stern.
During the trial, the State proved that on August 4, 2015, Bozzo molested a seven year old female known to him. The victim disclosed the abuse to her mother and grandmother, who in turn reported the abuse to the police in early September.
On September 2, 2015, the defendant was arrested by the Rhode Island State Police for possession of child pornography. He pleaded nolo contendere to the charge on May 9, 2016 and was sentenced to four years suspended with probation plus additional conditions prohibiting access to computers and the Internet as well as being ordered to have no contact with children.
The defendant, who was initially placed on home confinement bail for the child molestation charge, was remanded after the verdict to the ACI, pending sentencing. Sentencing is scheduled for January 6, 2017.
Rhode Island State Police Detective Kevin Petit led the investigation and Special Assistant Attorney General Matthew LaMountain prosecuted the case on behalf of the Office of Attorney General.