Girl breaks down in court after seeing accused molester

2012-07-31T13:15:00Z 2012-08-01T10:08:48Z Girl breaks down in court after seeing accused molesterBob Kasarda bob.kasarda@nwi.com, (219) 548-4345 nwitimes.com

VALPARAISO | The 14-year-old girl began to cry Tuesday morning shortly after taking the witness stand and looking at the 33-year-old man accused of having sex with her more than a year ago.

"It just hurts seeing him," she said of the accused, Jason Tabor, of Portage.

The girl again broke down in tears when presented with photos of the room in her Union Township home where the first sexual encounter is said to have taken place and cried again when asked to describe the first encounter.

She has accused Tabor of having three sexual encounters with her between March 18 and 20, 2011, including one instance of sexual intercourse. She was 13 at the time and Tabor was 32.

Tabor, who has denied all accusations, faces two charges of child molesting in this week's trial, including one count that carries a potential sentence of 20 to 50 years behind bars.

Tabor is not the first man accused of inappropriate behavior by the girl. The girl's 33-year-old mother told jurors Tuesday her daughter accused her former boyfriend and father of two of her seven children of kissing her.

The mother said she scheduled a polygraph test rather than going directly to police because the accusations of her former boyfriend did not add up and she did not want to destroy his reputation if the claims were untrue. Tabor, however, showed interest in the upcoming polygraph test and reportedly told the girl not to mention him, the mother said.

The character of the girl was questioned Tuesday by defense attorney Larry Rogers, who pointed out the girl had moved around between the homes of her mother, biological father and one of her mother's husbands.

The girl's mother said her daughter lied like other children and was hospitalized in a psychiatric unit for six days and placed on medications after cutting herself. The girl also had made an inappropriate video of herself and had been caught interacting with guys online, her mother said.

But the mother said the girl's problems increased after the alleged abuse by Tabor. She does not go to school, smokes cigarettes, runs away from home and tried to kill herself in November by overdosing on her antidepressant medications and cutting herself, her mother said.

"She didn't act like this before," the mother said. "I know it bugs her. She has nightmares."

Rogers made a failed attempt Tuesday to have a mistrial declared after the girl's mother claimed in front of jurors that Tabor had numerous drunken driving convictions.

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