Two Speedy Indictments
Two men charged with felonies in recent days have been indicted by grand juries.
Kenneth L. Rodriguez of Center Moriches, 43, stands accused of repeatedly sexually abusing a girl whose family knew and trusted him, beginning in the summer of 2013 while they were all camping in Montauk County Park. He was arrested April 9, and Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota’s office obtained an indictment last Thursday. It was unsealed yesterday at his arraignment in Riverside before State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Kahn, who set bail at $10,000.
James Gene Sbardella of Springs, 37, was arrested on April 7 while a patient at Southampton Hospital, following a two-week investigation by East Hampton Town detectives into a burglary at a Seabright Avenue house in Springs.
Police said Mr. Sbardella, who had been released from jail six days before the burglary, broke into the house on March 23 and took an inexpensive flat-screen TV set and its stand. Detectives recovered the items, dusted them for fingerprints, and reportedly found a palm print matching Mr. Sbardella’s.
Mr. Sbardella was on a short list of suspects, having been convicted last May of burglarizing an Accabonac Road house in Springs, blocks away from the Neck Path house where he was living. He had previously served time for breaking in to a house in East Hampton Village and stealing a bottle of vodka worth about $12.
He was indicted six days after the latest arrest on a felony charge of burglary. State Supreme Court Justice William Condon set bail at $50,000 on Tuesday. Mr. Sbardella is being housed in the county jail in Riverside.
In other police news, a woman arrested in East Hampton Village on April 9 was charged with being a fugitive from justice, among other things. A warrant issued in Pennsylvania for the woman, Chelsea Lynn Cressman, alleged that she had violated probation by injecting herself with heroin.
According to village police, an East Hampton man who had met Ms. Cressman through an online dating site drove to Pennsylvania on April 7 to spend the night with her. They then drove back here together. On April 9, police said, Ms. Cressman called her mother, telling her she wanted to leave East Hampton. Her mother met the two in the Reutershan parking lot, where a verbal dispute occurred, and police were called.
Ms. Cressman appeared to be high, officers reported. She allegedly admitted to injecting herself with heroin the day before, and police said they found a trace amount of the drug in her possession. She was charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of a narcotic and possession of hypodermic needles.
The woman told police she worked at a go-go bar in Washington, N.J. She has been in and out of Pennsylvania prisons and the probation system for the last few years on drug-related charges.
On April 10, the day after her arrest, East Hampton Town Justice Steven Tekulsky said he had had a conference call with the district attorney’s office and Ms. Cressman’s Legal Aid attorney, and that the D.A. had agreed to drop the misdemeanor charges to allow her to be extradited to Pennsylvania, which has since happened.