BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A man who was accused of repeatedly raping his 9-year-old step-daughter was found guilty Wednesday by a jury of his own peers.
The Erie County Jury found 45-year-old Michael Kabiona guilty of first degree course of sexual conduct against a child. Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita stressed that it was a continuing offense, and it was the highest charge for which Kabiona could have been convicted.
Sedita said the trial wasn’t easy to piece together. Sedita said they began building the case when the child spoke out of the abuse to an aide at her school. The only direct evidence prosecution had against the Buffalo resident was the testimony of the 9-year-old victim, which was supported by other physical and circumstantial evidence.
Kabiona’s actions took place over a two-year period starting when his step-daughter was only 9-years-old, and continued until she spoke out when she was 11-years-old. Kabonia’s actions caused chronic damage to the child.
Now Kabiona faces up to 25 years behind bars when he is sentenced on June 15.