A child sexual predator pleaded guilty in a Riverhead courtroom on Thursday to 76 counts, most of them felonies, over two separate indictments, including seven counts of predatory sexual assault against a child and charges related to having filmed sexual acts on his cellphone.
Fidel A. Castro-Brito, 24, of East Hampton was charged in the first indictment with having sexual intercourse on more than one occasion with a child 12 years of age and in the second with having “sexual intercourse and sexual conduct” with three different victims under the age of 11, each for a period of over three months.
Mr. Castro-Brito was initially arrested by East Hampton Town Police on April 6, 2012, after the father of a girl under 13 saw him jumping out of his daughter’s bedroom window, according to police. He was charged at that time with first-degree rape, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.
The initial arrest spiraled into a months-long investigation by East Hampton Town Detective Tina Giles and the Suffolk County Computer Crimes Section of the Suffolk County Police Department that led to an indictment on about 70 additional counts at the end of 2012.
The incidents took place between the summer of 2010 and April of 2012, according to the Suffolk County district attorney’s office.
Town Police Chief Ed Ecker Jr. had said in January that the DA’s office had said it was one of the worst cases of its type it had prosecuted. Det. Giles was honored as Officer of the Year in January in large part for her role in the case.
Mr. Castro-Brito is currently remanded to the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside and is scheduled to be sentenced on June 21 by Suffolk County Criminal Court Judge Barbara Kahn.
The Suffolk County district attorney’s office said it will recommend the maximum sentence allowable by law, which is 50 years to life, on the second indictment. Justice Kahn promised a sentence of 20 years to life on the first indictment.
According to a psychological evaluation provided in April by Mr. Castro-Brito’s attorney, Paul Testaverde, the defendant, who does not speak English, was a childhood victim of sexual abuse in Ecuador and has been beaten and abused by guards at the Suffolk County jail.
Mr. Testaverde also provided a copy of a letter written by the mother of one of the victims, who knows the defendant, asking Judge Kahn to take into consideration her own forgiveness as well Mr. Castro-Brito’s psychological problems and history of sexual abuse as a child.