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Man Admits To Committing Sex Crime Against Girl In Northern Westchester

Julio Cortez
Julio Cortez Photo Credit: Bedford Police Department

A 40-year-old Northern Westchester man admitted to sexually abusing a girl under the age of 13 last year.

Bedford Hills resident Julio Cortez pleaded guilty in Westchester County Court to first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, officials announced. 

The case came after a minor reported that a classmate had been sexually abused by a neighbor, leading to the investigation that led to Cortez’s arrest.

Cortez was arrested in October last year following an investigation by the Bedford Police Department. 

He was initially charged with second-degree rape, though he was indicted on felony charges of first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child and first-degree disseminating indecent material to a minor, and misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree criminal contempt.

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