Victim Secretly Recorded the Defendant When He Made Verbal Admissions to the Sexual Abuse
A Suffolk County man was sentenced to 50 years in prison after a jury trial found him guilty in April of first-degree rape for sexually abusing a child.
“While the efforts of the victim to bring her abuser to justice were heroic, it should go without saying that no child should ever be subjected to sexual abuse,” said Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney. “As for the defendant, he will spend decades in a prison cell far away from the victim and the residents of Suffolk County. My office will continue to prosecute, to the fullest extent of the law, anyone who hurts children.”
The defendant began to sexually abuse the victim when she was ten years old, and continued until she was eleven. The victim secretly recorded conversations that she had with the defendant in which she confronted him about the abuse, and the defendant made incriminating statements.
The victim provided those recordings to the Suffolk County Police Department when she reported the crime, and those recordings were introduced as evidence during the trial.
On April 5, the defendant was convicted after a jury trial held before Suffolk County Court Judge Karen M. Wilutis for the charges of first-degree rape, a Class B violent felony; criminal sexual act in the first degree, a Class B violent felony; and endangering the welfare of a child, a Class A misdemeanor.
On June 2, the defendant was sentenced to 50 years in prison, followed by 20 years of post release supervision.
The defendant has not been named in order to protect the identity of the victim.