By Claire Walla
Last Friday, June 3, a 32-year-old male was arrested by Sag Harbor Village Police outside his home in the village of Sag Harbor and charged with three class “B” felonies for rape in the first degree, criminal sex act and incest; he was also charged with a misdemeanor for endangering the welfare of a child.
The man’s arrest came after the female victim told police of the incident last week. (Because she is a juvenile, police have requested that her identity be withheld at this time.) She had been living under the guardianship of the arrested Sag Harbor resident who police say is “a family member.”
According to the Sag Harbor Village Police report, the man was arrested on allegations that on the afternoon of May 24, 2011, he “did engage in sexual intercourse with another person by means of forcible compulsion” and that he “did throw the victim onto her bed, took her clothes off and held her down while engaging in sexual intercourse.” He is additionally accused of engaging in “anal intercourse with the victim by means of forcible compulsion.”
Police said physical evidence is currently being processed.
Police learned of the case on June 1, when the department received a call from Port Washington Police in Nassau County. Officers on patrol near a parking lot in the town of North Hempstead approached “a suspicious vehicle with two occupants in it” — one of which was reported as a runaway from Sag Harbor.
Sag Harbor Village Detective Jeff Proctor explained that the young female victim and an 18-year-old tenant who rented a room in the house where she was living, had allegedly run away from Sag Harbor to Port Washington on May 31. (Police do not know why the two fled to Port Washington, and added that at this time, they don’t believe the young girl has family in the area.)
Based on the victim’s testimony, Proctor said these or similar sexual acts had been going on for about one year prior to the May 24 incident. And “at this time, we don’t know if there are any other victims,” he added.
The perpetrator, a butcher in East Hampton, is married with a seven-year-old son. The police say both the man’s wife and his son were living at the residence at the time of the alleged rape. He has rented his house in the village for six to seven years, police add, although the young girl had only been living with him for about two.
As her biological parents currently live in South America, police say the young girl will now live with her adoptive mother in Schenectady, N.Y.
The man was arraigned on June 4, when he pled “not guilty,” and was remanded to the Suffolk County Jail on $100,000 bail, which he posted on Tuesday by way of a bond. With three class “B” felony charges, if convicted the man could face up to 75 years in jail, according to Robert Clifford, a spokesperson for the Suffolk County District Attorney. (Each felony holds a minimum of five and a maximum of 25 years in jail.)
He is due back in Sag Harbor Village Justice Court today, June 9.