Six Months for Child Porn
A Suffolk Criminal Court judge sentenced Paul S. Apostolides, an Islip resident who is an owner of Paulie’s Tackle Shop in Montauk, on Friday to six months in jail on child pornography charges.
Mr. Apostolides had pleaded guilty on April 12 to six counts in all — promoting a sexual performance by a child under 17 and possession of child pornography — in a case in which police provided few details.
Members of Mr. Apostolides’s family and his lawyer, Brian Desesa of Sag Harbor, have been quoted in news reports as saying that the charges stemmed from his use of a computer and did not indicate physical contact with his victim. Mr. Desesa has not returned calls seeking comment.
Mr. Apostolides was arrested by East Hampton Town police in November on 10 felony and 2 misdemeanor charges, including rape, following a grand jury indictment. Police had acted on a complaint from someone whose identity they did not reveal and throughout did not characterize the case against him.
Mr. Apostolides initially entered a not-guilty plea after his November arrest. Judge Barbara Kahn released him on $150,000 bond while the case was pending.
As part of the plea deal, Judge Kahn issued an order of protection in which Mr. Apostolides must have no contact with his victim for eight years. He will also face 10 years of probation.
Mr. Apostolides has been in jail since his April 12 guilty pleas. He is due back before Judge Kahn on June 15 for a risk-assessment hearing to determine at which level he will be listed in a state sex-offender registry.