WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Cumberland parents are following up to make sure that one man convicted of molesting a child years ago can never do it again.
The couple initially brought their ten-year-old son to TechAccess in Warwick in hopes that the organization would teach him how to use technology to help with his disability. Now, they say they plan on suing TechAccess and 33-year-old James Spicola, a former volunteer.
According to the parents, Spicola sexually abused their son four times in two years.
Police reports state that Spicola touched the boy inappropriately, forced the boy to touch him, and then bribed him to stay quiet.
Spicola has pleaded no contest to two counts of 2nd-degree child molestation.
“It’s just a horrible thing we’ve had to live with,” said the parents.
The incidents have taken a toll on their son, state the couple. “We’ve reduced our expectations. We used to have a kid where we’d say the sky’s the limit. Now we say, I hope he stays alive.”
Co-founder of Road to Recovery, Robert Hoatson said that “the most unusual aspect of this case ,in my opinion, is the fact that their son was able to come forward at a very young age to tell the family about the sexual abuse he endured.”
TechAccess said that they were distraught over Spicola’s actions and that client safety is their first priority.
Eyewitness News reached out to Spicola’s lawyers but did not receive a response.