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Arrest Made in Alleged Case of Statutory Rape in Montauk

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9567130East Hampton Police announced Tuesday the arrest of Juan J. Zhingri-Deleg, 27, of Montauk in connection with the alleged rape of a 14 year old girl.

According to a press release issued by the department Tuesday, police received information regarding the inappropriate relationship between Mr. Zhingri-Deleg and the girl, resulting in Mr. Zhingri-Deleg’s arrest on Monday. Mr. Zhingri-Deleg  has been charged with one count of rape in the second degree under the statutory rape provision for anyone over the age of 18 who engages in sexual intercourse with someone under the age of 15. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a minor.

Mr. Shingri-Deleg is expected to be arraigned in East Hampton Town Justice Court on Tuesday.

Detectives are asking anyone with information that may assist with the investigation contact East Hampton Town Police at 537-7575. All calls will be kept confidential.

Arrest Made in Alleged Sexual Assault in Wainscott

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By Kathryn G. Menu

A Rockville Centre teen, Joseph Cardinali, was arrested by East Hampton Town Police on Sunday, November 17 and charged with aggravated sexual assault in the first degree, a felony, and assault in the third degree, a misdemeanor.

According to East Hampton Town Police, around 5:11 p.m. they responded to the Wainscott address of Phoenix House, a non-profit provider of substance abuse services, following a report of a victim of violence.

An 18-year-old male victim was transported to Southampton Hospital where he was admitted and underwent surgery, said police. Police said investigation indicates a wooden broom handle was used by Cardinali, 16, to penetrate the rectum of the victim.

Cardinali was subsequently arrested and charged.

An investigation is ongoing. Police ask anyone with information that may assist in this investigation contact the East Hampton Town Police Department at 537-7575. All calls will be kept confidential.

Headless Body Found on East Hampton Beach Not Likely the Result of Foul Play, say Police

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The Suffolk County Medical Examiners Office has determined that a headless body discovered at an Amagansett beach on Sunday is that of a 20-to-30 year old unidentified male, according to East Hampton Town Police Chief Ed Ecker.

On Tuesday, Chief Ecker said that results of the medical examiner’s preliminary autopsy showed “no obvious signs of trauma,” like broken bones or gun shot wounds and that the body was likely headless due to the extreme state of decomposition.

According to Chief Ecker, on Sunday a local man discovered the body while walking his dogs on the beach between Big Albert’s Landing Beach and Bell Estate. The body, which was on the surf line, was so badly decomposed on Monday Chief Ecker said he was unable to determine whether it was a male or female.

“It was in very advanced stages of decomposition,” he said. “I would say it had been in the water for quite some time, possibly even through the winter.”

After police were contacted, the department’s dive team searched nearby waters for the missing skull, which has not yet been found, as well as for other evidence in the case.

In addition to missing a head, the body was also without a left leg from the knee down, said Ecker, and was missing a finger, which was recovered during the dive team’s search of Gardiner’s Bay.

On Monday, the body was removed to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s Office.

While there was speculation that the case could be connected to a possible serial killer on Long Island – about 100 miles west of East Hampton 10 sets of bodies have been recovered alongside a highway near Jones Beach – on Monday, Chief Ecker said while he did not want to speculate until after the medical examiner issued a report, he believed a connection to the Gilgo Beach cases was not likely.

“It was certainly something we looked into as a part of our investigation,” he added, noting the department has been working with the Suffolk County Police Department on the case.

Now that the medical examiner’s office has released its preliminary findings, Ecker said his department will be focused on working with other police departments around the Long Island Sound basin, as well as the United States Coast Guard, to see if anyone has been reported missing.

The male body was of an unidentified ethnicity, said Chief Ecker, but the person was believed to be slight in stature.

“We are collecting any missing person reports from the area, which is quite large,” he said on Tuesday. “We are looking at the whole Long Island Sound basin area.”

The East Hampton Town Police Department has asked that anyone who has information about missing persons in the area contact the town’s detective division at 631-537-7575.

Community Mourns Victim of Domestic Violence

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As community members gathered in Scoville Hall in Amagansett on Wednesday night to celebrate the life of Blanca Soto, the 29-year-old mother of two who was allegedly stabbed to death by her husband last week in East Hampton, mourners also reflected on domestic violence and what resources the community has to counter a growing problem.

Last week David Soto, 41, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Mrs. Soto after police said he stabbed her to death in her home at the East Hampton Mobile Home Village on Oak View Highway on July 30. The two had been separated, said police, and an order of protection against Mr. Soto had recently expired after Mrs. Soto did not extend it. The fight, said police, erupted over access to the couple’s two sons, 11 and 9 years old. It was their sons that contacted police reporting their mother had been stabbed.

The Retreat, the East End’s sole resource for victims of domestic violence, providing shelter, counseling and legal services as well as preventative education for the community at large, organized Wednesday’s event. While the evening was devoted to Mrs. Soto, her children in attendance, it also put a spotlight on domestic violence on the East End and The Retreat’s need for funding after both the towns, county and the state have dramatically reduced the organization’s funding. After slashing the aid it provided The Retreat last year, this year it is expected the Town of East Hampton will completely cut off all funding to the not-for-profit organization.

For psychotherapist Mary Bromley, who helped found The Retreat in 1987, this is unacceptable.

Bromley, one of six speakers prior to the vigil, recalled what made community leaders organize to create The Retreat almost 25 years ago, lamenting that the same community is watching as its only resource for domestic violence prevention and victim services is being marginalized in the face of looming financial deficits in the towns and the state.

“Blanca Soto, I did not know you,” said Bromley. “I did not hear your screams, but 25 years ago I knew you. This entire town heard you.”

As a therapist, Bromley was asked by the town police to address sex crimes and family violence issues, eventually suggesting to the community at-large that it build a domestic violence shelter. “A perfect marriage” of government leaders, clergy, police and volunteers resulted in the founding of The Retreat, remembered Bromley.

Now, with funding cut from the town, The Retreat has had to cut back in educational programs in area schools, noted Bromley, as well as counseling services.

“Blanca, our town board needs to remember you as well,” said Bromley. “No matter what the political environment, which political party comes in, we are a big hearted, generous town and it needs to remain that way.”

Bromley called on community members to urge the town board, as well as those seeking election this fall, to restore The Retreat’s funding.

Prior to Bromley’s impassioned plea, Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman of The Jewish Center of the Hamptons, spoke of his wish for a community free of domestic violence where all who are vulnerable would be safe from harm.

“Our prayer is that in this community God will bless us with the power and the will to build a community safe for women, for children, the aged and all that are vulnerable,” said Rabbi Zimmerman.

East Hampton Town Police Captain Edward Ecker offered condolences from the whole of the police force to Mrs. Soto’s family, refraining from discussing the investigation and affirming a continued relationship between town police and The Retreat.

“I never had the opportunity to know Blanca,” said Ecker. “But during the course of this investigation, I found she was a beautiful person and a wonderful mother.”

Stacey Bellem, an author, educator and counselor who used to work at The Retreat, also spoke of the importance of education and awareness, and Sag Harbor resident Barbara Kinnier, a domestic violence survivor, offered a message of hope for other survivors of family violence.

“You think you are alone, you live in fear, in denial, and you don’t think it is so bad; and what I really want to impress on people is it is very progressive,” said Kinnier. “It starts as verbal and almost always becomes physical.”

Kinnier, whose brother saved her life in a domestic violence situation that resulted in the death of her first husband, said it was crucial the community speak about domestic violence rather than look the other way.

“I think that is what the message needs to be,” said Kinnier, noting a cycle of violence does not have to continue. “I have a message of hope. I have been very happily married for 22 years with three wonderful children and two grandchildren.”

East Hampton Woman Stabbed to Death by Estranged Husband, Retreat to Host Forum

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The Suffolk County Police Department Homicide Squad is investigating the stabbing death of an East Hampton woman.

East Hampton Town Police were called to 105-62 Oakview Highway in East Hampton last night after a child called 911 and said that his mother had been stabbed. Blanca Soto, 29, was taken to Southampton Hospital where she died. Her estranged husband David Soto, 41, was arrested a short distance from the scene by East Hampton Town Police. He was treated and released from Southampton Hospital for a self-inflicted stab wound.

Soto faces charges of Murder in the second degree, a felony, and will be arrainged in East Hampton Town Justice Court on August 1, 2009.

The Retreat will host a candlelight vigil and public forum on the stabbing Wednesday evening at Scoville Hall in Amagansett. See following post.

Above: David Soto is accused of stabbing his wife to death.