A child sexual predator who pleaded guilty in May to 76 counts in two separate indictments was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison by Suffolk County Criminal Court Judge Barbara Kahn on Friday morning. The charges included predatory sexual assault against a child and charges related to his 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 12-year-old child 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 arrested by East Hampton Town Police on April 6, 2012, after the father of one of the victims told police he saw Mr. Castro-Brito jumping out of his daughter’s bedroom window.
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.
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 was beaten and abused by guards at the Suffolk County jail.
In May, Judge Kahn had promised Mr. Castro-Brito a sentence of 20 years to life. District Attorney Thomas J. Spota requested the maximum sentence allowable by law—50 years to life.