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Child Rape Plea: Hudson Valley Man Admits Abusing Victim Under Age Of 11 Child Rape Plea: Hudson Valley Man Admits Abusing Victim Under Age Of 11
Child Rape Plea: Hudson Valley Man Admits Abusing Victim Under Age Of 11 A Hudson Valley man is facing years behind bars after formally confessing to sexually abusing a young child. Orange County resident Justin Babb, age 41, of New Hampton, pleaded guilty to criminal sexual act in Orange County Court on Thursday, May 23. According to prosecutors, Babb admitted that he engaged in anal sexual conduct with the victim, who was under the age of 11, in August 2023. “This defendant’s unspeakable actions demand a lengthy prison sentence,” said Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler. “It is inconceivable that a child could be subjected to the horrific acts perpe…
Northern Westchester Cab Driver Sexually Abuses Child For Year: Here's His Sentence Northern Westchester Cab Driver Sexually Abuses Child For Year: Here's His Sentence
Northern Westchester Cab Driver Sexually Abuses Child For Year: Here's His Sentence A 46-year-old cab driver from Northern Westchester will spend more than a decade in prison for grooming and sexually abusing a young girl for nearly a year, officials announced.  Peekskill resident Luis Urgiles was sentenced to 16 years in state prison for engaging in sexual conduct with a young girl, the Westchester County District Attorney's Office announced on Tuesday, April 23.  According to the DA's Office, Urgiles, a cab driver in Peekskill, met the victim's family when they were passengers in his cab. He then befriended them and began grooming the then-10-year-old…
Psychologist Sexually Abused Numerous Teens At NY Juvenile Lockup For Years, Police Say Psychologist Sexually Abused Numerous Teens At NY Juvenile Lockup For Years, Police Say
Psychologist Sexually Abused Numerous Teens At NY Juvenile Lockup For Years, Police Say A state psychologist is accused of sexually abusing numerous underage victims at a New York State juvenile detention center going back years. Maya Hayes, of Albany, was arrested Friday, April 12, following a New York State Police investigation into allegations of abuse at Columbia County’s Brookwood Secure Center, located in the town of Claverack. According to police, the 62-year-old sexually assaulted numerous victims at the facility over several years while employed as a clinician. No other details about the alleged abuse were made public.  Hayes' arrest followed a grand jury indic…
23-Year-Old Man Gets Decades In Prison For Sexual Offenses Against 3 Children In Westchester 23-Year-Old Man Gets Decades In Prison For Sexual Offenses Against 3 Children In Westchester
23-Year-Old Man Gets Decades In Prison For Sexual Offenses Against 3 Children In Westchester A 23-year-old Westchester man will spend decades in prison for engaging in sexual acts with three children whom he physically and psychologically abused over several years, officials said. New Rochelle resident Jason Ricketts was sentenced on Thursday, April 4 to 21 years in prison for sexual acts involving three children, the Westchester County District Attorney's Office announced.  According to the DA's Office, Ricketts' crimes began in 2019, when he befriended children as young as 8 years old by going to locations where young people gathered and convincing them and their parent…
K9 Helps Nab Man Caught With Child Porn In Hudson Valley: Authorities K9 Helps Nab Man Caught With Child Porn In Hudson Valley: Authorities
K9 Helps Nab Man Caught With Child Porn In Hudson Valley: Authorities A 53-year-old Hudson Valley man faces child pornography charges following a search of his residence, police announced. Putnam County resident John Towers of Mahopac was arrested on Friday, March 29 after he was caught in possession of images depicting the sexual abuse of children, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office announced on Tuesday, April 2.  According to the Sheriff's Office, Towers' arrest followed an investigation that began in February, when the office's Bureau of Criminal Investigation received information that a Town of Carmel resident had photos containing child pornography.…
Campground Kidnapping: Man Admits Abducting, Sexually Assaulting 9-Year-Old NY Girl Campground Kidnapping: Man Admits Abducting, Sexually Assaulting 9-Year-Old NY Girl
Campground Kidnapping: Man Admits Abducting, Sexually Assaulting 9-Year-Old NY Girl The man accused of kidnapping a 9-year-old girl from a New York state park and later sexually abusing her has formally confessed. Craig Ross Jr., age 47, pleaded guilty to kidnapping with intent to collect ransom and predatory sexual assault against a child as part of a plea deal in Saratoga County Court on Wednesday, Feb. 21. New York State Police said Ross abducted the child as she rode her bicycle in Moreau Lake State Park on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023. Earlier Report: New Update: Kidnapping Suspect Craig Ross Jr. Probed In Milton Murders Of 2 Women, Report Says Her mother called…
Trump Defamation Case: Westchester Juror Among Those Awarding E. Jean Carroll $83.3M In Damages Trump Defamation Case: Westchester Juror Among Those Awarding E. Jean Carroll $83.3M In Damages
Trump Defamation Case: Westchester Juror Among Those Awarding E. Jean Carroll $83.3M In Damages For the second time in less than a year, a Manhattan federal jury has ordered former President Donald Trump to pay columnist E. Jean Carroll, a longtime Hudson Valley resident, millions of dollars in damages for repeatedly defaming her. The seven men and two women – including Hudson Valley residents from Westchester, Putnam, and Rockland counties – awarded Carroll a combined $83.3 million after deliberating for three hours on Friday, Jan. 26. The other jurors were from New York County (Manhattan) and the Bronx. Specifically, jurors decided that Trump should pay Carroll $11 million to fund a…
Hudson Valley Anesthesiologist Drugs, Sexually Assaults Victim: Police Hudson Valley Anesthesiologist Drugs, Sexually Assaults Victim: Police
Hudson Valley Anesthesiologist Drugs, Sexually Assaults Victim: Police An anesthesiologist faces charges after allegedly giving anesthesia to a victim without her knowledge and sexually assaulting her, police announced. Putnam County resident Paul Giacopelli of Southeast, age 59, was interviewed and arrested on Saturday, Dec. 30 on sexual abuse charges, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office announced on Wednesday, Jan. 3.  According to authorities, on Friday, Dec. 29, the Sheriff's Office was told that a female victim known to Giacopelli had been given anesthesia without her knowledge and was then sexually assaulted. This happened multip…
Northern Westchester Man Tries To Rape Child, Meets With Undercover Agent Posing As Parent: DA Northern Westchester Man Tries To Rape Child, Meets With Undercover Agent Posing As Parent: DA
Northern Westchester Man Tries To Rape Child, Meets With Undercover Agent Posing As Parent: DA A Northern Westchester man faces attempted rape charges after setting up a meeting with an undercover agent posing as the parent of a pre-school-aged child who he intended to engage in sexual conduct with, officials announced.  New Castle resident Dustin Layme, age 26, was arrested on Thursday, Dec. 14 after attempting to rape a child in Greenburgh, the Westchester County District Attorney's Office announced on Wednesday, Dec. 20.  According to the DA's Office, Layme made online contact with an undercover law enforcement agent who had been posing as a young gir…
Suspect In 9-Year-Old's Kidnapping From NY Campground Pleads Not Guilty, Report Says Suspect In 9-Year-Old's Kidnapping From NY Campground Pleads Not Guilty, Report Says
Suspect In 9-Year-Old's Kidnapping From NY Campground Pleads Not Guilty, Report Says The man accused of kidnapping a 9-year-old girl from a New York campground has formally denied any wrongdoing, Albany station WTEN reports.  Saratoga County resident Craig Nelson Ross Jr., age 46, of Milton, pleaded not guilty to nine criminal charges in Saratoga County Court on Friday, Nov. 17, the outlet said. Ross is charged with the following: First-degree kidnapping Four counts of sexual assault Two counts of sexual abuse Endangering the welfare of a child Assault Ross was arrested Monday, Oct. 2, 48 hours after allegedly kidnapping the girl from a campground at Moreau Lake Stat…
Northern Westchester Teacher Hired In New District After Alleged Relationship With Student Northern Westchester Teacher Hired In New District After Alleged Relationship With Student
Northern Westchester Teacher Hired In New District After Alleged Relationship With Student A Hudson Valley school district is defending its decision to hire a teacher who allegedly sexually assaulted a student in another district just days before a civil suit was filed.  The lawsuit accuses the former teacher in Northern Westchester of grooming a then 16-year-old student at Walter Panas High School in Cortlandt to have sexual relations on school grounds. The tenured teacher, identified as Alex Mendoza, age and hometown unknown, resigned in June after the filing lawyer contacted the Lakeland Central School District about the claim and he was removed from the classro…
Liable Again: Trump Defamed E. Jean Carroll Second Time By Denying Sexual Abuse, Judge Rules Liable Again: Trump Defamed E. Jean Carroll Second Time By Denying Sexual Abuse, Judge Rules
Liable Again: Trump Defamed E. Jean Carroll Second Time By Denying Sexual Abuse, Judge Rules Months after a jury concluded that former President Donald Trump sexually abused writer E. Jean Carroll decades ago and then defamed her by calling her a liar, a federal judge in New York has found Trump liable in Carroll’s second defamation lawsuit. In his ruling issued Wednesday, Sept. 6, in US District Court in Manhattan, Judge Lewis Kaplan said Carroll has already proven that Trump defamed her, and the upcoming trial will only decide how much the former president must pay her in damages. Wednesday’s ruling comes after a federal jury in the first lawsuit awarded Carroll, now age 79 and l…
Duo Sexually Assaults Teens In Trio Of Separate Incidents In Westchester: DA Duo Sexually Assaults Teens In Trio Of Separate Incidents In Westchester: DA
Duo Sexually Assaults Teens In Trio Of Separate Incidents In Westchester: DA Two men face a long list of charges after sexually assaulting teenage girls in a total of three separate incidents throughout Westchester, officials said.  Both Port Chester resident Richard Olmino, age 21, and 32-year-old Jose Mejia Lopez face sexual abuse charges after allegedly assaulting teenage girls in three separate incidents that happened in North White Plains, Port Chester, and Rye, the Westchester County District Attorney's Office announced on Monday, Aug. 14.  Earlier Report: New Update: Suspect Caught After Assaulting 16-Year-Old At Park In Rye, Police…
Former HS Teacher Enticed Student To Engage In Sexual Activity In Westchester: Feds Former HS Teacher Enticed Student To Engage In Sexual Activity In Westchester: Feds
Former HS Teacher Enticed Student To Engage In Sexual Activity In Westchester: Feds A former Westchester County high school teacher from Fairfield County faces more than a decade in prison after allegedly enticing one of her 16-year-old students to engage in sexual activity while making her believe they were in a romantic relationship, federal officials said. Bethel resident Sandy Carazas-Pinez, age 34, has been indicted on charges related to her alleged sexual exploitation of one of her students while she was employed at a school in Yonkers, the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York announced on Wednesday, July 12.  According to federal officials…
22-Year-Old Man Charged With Sex Abuse, Attempted Rape In Northern Westchester: Police 22-Year-Old Man Charged With Sex Abuse, Attempted Rape In Northern Westchester: Police
22-Year-Old Man Charged With Sex Abuse, Attempted Rape In Northern Westchester: Police A 22-year-old man was taken into custody in Northern Westchester and hit with sex abuse and attempted rape charges, police said.  Bedford Hills resident Luis Encarnacion Urrutia, age 22, was arrested on Wednesday, June 28 on sex abuse charges, according to Bedford Police.  Encarnacion Urrutia was charged with the following:  First-degree attempted rape; First-degree sexual abuse. He was then arraigned in the Town of Bedford Justice Court and taken to Westchester County Correctional Facility.  No further details about Encarnacion Urrutia's arrest could be pro…
E. Jean Carroll Wants New Damages From Trump After His Comments At CNN Town Hall, Report Says E. Jean Carroll Wants New Damages From Trump After His Comments At CNN Town Hall, Report Says
E. Jean Carroll Wants New Damages From Trump After His Comments At CNN Town Hall, Report Says Former President Donald Trump’s words at a televised town hall may come back to bite him if writer E. Jean Carroll gets her way. On Monday, May 22, Carroll asked a Manhattan federal court to award her a “very substantial” additional amount of damages in her civil sexual abuse and defamation case against Trump, CNN reports. According to the outlet, the move is in direct response to Trump’s appearance at a CNN town hall on May 10, in which he continued to deny Carroll’s claims that he sexually abused her in a Manhattan department store dressing room in the 1990s, calling the allegation “fake”…
Enticing Minors Online: Hudson Valley Man Sentenced For Illegal Sexual Activity Enticing Minors Online: Hudson Valley Man Sentenced For Illegal Sexual Activity
Enticing Minors Online: Hudson Valley Man Sentenced For Illegal Sexual Activity A Hudson Valley man will spend decades in prison for using the internet to entice minors to engage in sexual activity, federal officials said.  Putnam County resident Marcelo Marin Vargas, age 45, was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Tuesday, May 9 after pleading guilty to enticing minors to engage in illegal sexual activity over the internet, according to the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.  According to federal officials, Vargas used a computer and the internet to persuade, entice, and coerce three underage girls to send him images and videos o…
'Donald Trump Raped Me,' Hudson Valley Accuser Testifies As Trial Starts 'Donald Trump Raped Me,' Hudson Valley Accuser Testifies As Trial Starts
'Donald Trump Raped Me,' Hudson Valley Accuser Testifies As Trial Starts E. Jean Carroll testified that she hasn’t had a romantic or sexual relationship since the 1990s, “because Donald Trump raped me,” The Washington Post reports. The New York columnist's remarks came on the first day of testimony in her civil battery and defamation trial against the former president, which continued in Manhattan on Wednesday, April 26. Earlier Report: Trump's 'Past Words, Actions' Cited In Judge's Ruling For Anonymous Jurors In Sex Assault Trial Carroll, now age 79 and living in the Hudson Valley, in Orange County, made headlines in June 2019 when she claimed in a cover stor…
Sexual Abuse Of 3-Year-Old Lands Hudson Valley Man In Prison For 20 Years Sexual Abuse Of 3-Year-Old Lands Hudson Valley Man In Prison For 20 Years
Sexual Abuse Of 3-Year-Old Lands Hudson Valley Man In Prison For 20 Years A Hudson Valley man has been sentenced to prison for the sexual abuse of a 3-year-old child and photographing the horrific crimes. Ulster County resident Benjamin Santiago, age 28, of Saugerties, was sentenced by Judge Bryan Rounds in Ulster County Court to 20 years to life on Monday, March 20. The sentence comes after a June 2022 conviction of predatory sexual abuse against a child, following an investigation by the Ulster County Family and Child Advocacy Center of Santiago’s crimes. The Advocacy Center was assisted by members of the Town of Saugerties Police Department. “This case has s…
Employee Had Sexual Contact With Student At School In Hudson Valley, Police Say Employee Had Sexual Contact With Student At School In Hudson Valley, Police Say
Employee Had Sexual Contact With Student At School In Hudson Valley, Police Say An employee at a school district in the Hudson Valley has been charged with allegedly having inappropriate sexual contact with a juvenile student. Dutchess County resident Angela N. Hill, age 23 of Pawling, was arrested on Thursday, March 2 following an investigation into inappropriate sexual contact with a juvenile student in the Pawling Central School District, said Capt. John Watterson of the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office. The investigation began in mid-February after the Sheriff’s Office was alerted to possible inappropriate sexual contact between a district employee a…
Man, Age 42, Indicted For Rape Of 7-Year-Old In Hudson Valley, DA Says Man, Age 42, Indicted For Rape Of 7-Year-Old In Hudson Valley, DA Says
Man, Age 42, Indicted For Rape Of 7-Year-Old In Hudson Valley, DA Says A Hudson Valley man has been indicted for the alleged rape and sexual abuse of a 7-year-old girl. Ottoniel Gomez-Martinez, age 42, of Ramapo, was charged on Thursday, Feb. 9, said Rockland County District Attorney Thomas E. Walsh. On Thursday, Feb. 2, Gomez-Martinez is alleged to have sexually abused and raped a 7- year-old female in his home, Walsh said.  “As alleged, the defendant used his relationship with the seven-year-old victim to violate and sexually abuse her," Walsh said. "The defendant will now be held responsible for his heinous actions, and he will be prose…
Sex Cult Leader At College In Westchester Draws 60-Year Sentence Sex Cult Leader At College In Westchester Draws 60-Year Sentence
Sex Cult Leader At College In Westchester Draws 60-Year Sentence A man who put a group of college students through sexual, psychological, and physical abuse after moving into his daughter's dorm room in Westchester County will spend the rest of his life in prison.  Earlier Report - Sarah Lawrence Sex Cult Leader In Bronxville Found Guilty On All Charges Larry Ray, also known as Lawrence Grecco, was sentenced to 60 years in prison on Friday, Jan. 20 for leading a sex cult out of Sarah Lawrence College located near the border of Bronxville and Yonkers, according to Damian Williams, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York. …
High-Risk Sex Offender Found Hiding In Hudson Valley, Police Say High-Risk Sex Offender Found Hiding In Hudson Valley, Police Say
High-Risk Sex Offender Found Hiding In Hudson Valley, Police Say A registered sex offender who was allegedly found living in the region has been arrested for violating the sex offender registry. Dennis R. Fellows, age 54 of Saugerties, was arrested for the violation on Saturday, Jan. 14. According to the Saugerties Police, Fellows moved to 171 Churchland Road in Saugerties and failed to notify the registry of his address change within the required 10 days. Fellows was convicted of having sexual contact with children ages nine and 13 years old, according to the state Sex Offender Registry. He was processed without incident and released on an appearance …
NY Nursing Home's $16M Fraud Scheme Led To 'Devastating' Resident Abuse, Neglect, AG Says NY Nursing Home's $16M Fraud Scheme Led To 'Devastating' Resident Abuse, Neglect, AG Says
NY Nursing Home's $16M Fraud Scheme Led To 'Devastating' Resident Abuse, Neglect, AG Says Sexual abuse, unexplained bruising, unanswered call bells, and humiliating missed trips to the bathroom. Those were just some of the horrors experienced by residents at a New York nursing home stemming from a multimillion-dollar fraud scheme, according to a lawsuit from Attorney General Letitia James. Related Report: East Meadow Nursing Home Employee Sexually Assaulted Resident, Boss Covered Up Crime, DA Says The suit, filed Tuesday, Dec. 13, alleges that the owners of Long Island’s Fulton Commons Care Center, located in East Meadow, exploited New York’s Medicaid program to enrich themsel…
Instagram Post Led To NY Man's Sentence For Sexually Abusing 2 Young Girls Instagram Post Led To NY Man's Sentence For Sexually Abusing 2 Young Girls
Instagram Post Led To NY Man's Sentence For Sexually Abusing 2 Young Girls A New York man’s trip to prison for sexually abusing two young girls all started with a post on Instagram, prosecutors said. Long Island resident Manuel Cedillo, age 43, of Levittown, was sentenced to an aggregate term of 30 years behind bars in Suffolk County Court on Friday, Dec. 2. It followed his September 2022 jury conviction of two counts of course of sexual conduct against a child, both violent felonies. According to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Cedillo, who was known to the victims’ family, sexually abused two young sisters on separate occasions between 2011 and …
NY Nursing Home Employee Sexually Assaulted Resident, Boss Covered Up Crime, DA Says NY Nursing Home Employee Sexually Assaulted Resident, Boss Covered Up Crime, DA Says
NY Nursing Home Employee Sexually Assaulted Resident, Boss Covered Up Crime, DA Says A former employee at a New York nursing home accused of sexually assaulting a resident had multiple complaints against him, yet his boss actively worked to conceal his abuse, prosecutors allege. The assault occurred at Long Island’s Fulton Commons Care Center, located in East Meadow, according to an indictment announced by Attorney General Letitia James on Wednesday, Nov. 30. Prosecutors said Daniel Persaud, a former licensed practical nurse at Fulton Commons, sexually assaulted a female resident in the fall of 2020. According to the indictment, the facility’s director of nursing, Carol F…
Hudson Valley Man Sentenced For Sexually Abusing Child Hudson Valley Man Sentenced For Sexually Abusing Child
Hudson Valley Man Sentenced For Sexually Abusing Child A 33-year-old Hudson Valley man has been sentenced for sexually abusing a child over the course of several years. Holger Chuya-Andrade, of Spring Valley, was sentenced to 20 years to life on Monday, Nov. 21, Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Walsh announced on Wednesday, Nov. 23. He was convicted of one count of predatory sexual assault against a child and one count of first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child on Friday, Sept. 16, Walsh said. The DA's Office said Chuya-Andrade engaged in a course of sexual abuse which started when the victim was 7 years ol…
21-Year-Old Accused Of Raping Minor In Hudson Valley 21-Year-Old Accused Of Raping Minor In Hudson Valley
21-Year-Old Accused Of Raping Minor In Hudson Valley A 21-year-old man has been charged with the rape of a minor in the Hudson Valley. Connecticut resident Axell Enrique Orellana Flores, of Waterbury, was arrested on Monday, Nov. 7, in connection with an investigation into inappropriate sexual contact involving a minor, said Capt. John Watterson, of the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office. Flores is accused of having sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 17 in the town of Fishkill on Sunday, Nov. 6, Watterson said. "The incident was not random, there doesn’t appear to be a risk to public safety," he said. The name of…
North Castle Man Sentenced For Sexual Conduct With Child North Castle Man Sentenced For Sexual Conduct With Child
North Castle Man Sentenced For Sexual Conduct With Child A man from Northern Westchester has been sentenced for subjecting a child to sexual abuse.  44-year-old Jorge Lazo Achahui of North Castle was sentenced to 15 years in state prison, followed by 20 years of supervised release, Westchester County District Attorney Miriam Rocah announced on Wednesday, Nov. 2.  Achahui pled guilty to subjecting a 12-year-old victim to sexual intercourse numerous times between March 2020 and July 2020 on Wednesday, Sept. 28, Rocah said.  North Castle Police arrested Achahui on Feb. 6, 2021, following an investigation into his …
Former Westchester EMT Avoids Prison After Admitting To Sexually Abusing Colleague As She Slept Former Westchester EMT Avoids Prison After Admitting To Sexually Abusing Colleague As She Slept
Former Westchester EMT Avoids Prison After Admitting To Sexually Abusing Colleague As She Slept A former EMT in Westchester County will avoid prison after admitting that he sexually abused a colleague. Tuckahoe resident Terry Parker, age 29, who was working as an EMT in Mount Vernon at the time, was sentenced to 10 years of probation in Westchester County Court on Tuesday, Oct. 11. The sentence followed his guilty plea to first-degree sexual abuse, a felony, in June 2022. Prosecutors said the incident happened in March 2021 as Parker drove the victim home from a social gathering. He admitted to sexually abusing the woman while she was asleep. Tuckahoe Police arrested him the follow…
Hudson Valley Man Sentenced For Repeated Sexual Abuse Of Child Hudson Valley Man Sentenced For Repeated Sexual Abuse Of Child
Hudson Valley Man Sentenced For Repeated Sexual Abuse Of Child A Hudson Valley man has been sentenced to state prison after pleading guilty to repeatedly sexually abusing a victim under the age of 13. Orange County resident Byron Romero, age 36, of New Windsor, was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Monday, Oct. 3, said Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler. Romero was also sentenced to 20 years post-release supervision. Prior to his release from state prison, Romero will be registered as a sex offender, Hoovler said. Hoovler thanked the Town of New Windsor Police Department for their investigation and the arrest of Romero. “This d…