Rape Alleged Between Online ‘Friends’
An East Hampton man was charged on May 12 with raping a girl under the age of 15 whom he met online, the second such case here within the last two months.
After a brief scuffle, East Hampton Town police arrested Enrique Monge-Pucha, 22. He was charged with two felonies, the most serious being rape, as well as two misdemeanors.
“They came to know each other through Facebook,” Det. Lt. Christopher Anderson said on Tuesday. “The relationship developed to a point where they met,” and quickly evolved into a sexual one. “There was a discovery by the parents of the interaction,” the lieutenant said.
According to the police report, the girl’s parents learned of the relationship between the two after examining their daughter’s iPod, and called the police. In an interview, the teenager told detectives she had had sexual relations with Mr. Monge-Pucha at 1 a.m. on a night in February.
Bail was set the next morning by East Hampton Town Justice Catherine A. Cahill, after receiving a recommendation from Laurie Moroff of the Suffolk district attorney’s office, who has handled child-rape cases for the county in the past. Mr. Monge-Pucha was indicted in County Criminal Court later that day, and was rearraigned by the county yesterday.
The Department of Homeland Security placed a detainer on Mr. Monge-Pucha, meaning that immigration authorities must be notified before he can be released or transferred.
In a similar case, Fidel A. Castro-Brito of East Hampton was charged with rape on April 6. That case involved a sexual relationship with a preteenage East Hampton girl. The two had met in an online chat room, Lieutenant Anderson said at the time. The father of the young girl alerted police after seeing the man climbing out of his daughter’s bedroom window.
Mr. Castro-Brito is being held in Suffolk County jail in Riverside. He is due back in court on June 6.