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Springs Man Charged with Rape

East Hampton Town police say man had sex with girl under 15.

A Springs man was charged with second-degree rape after information was found on Facebook, according to .

Enrique D. Monge-Pucha, 22, of Springs, was indicted in Suffolk County Criminal Court on May 18 on charges that he had sexual intercourse with a girl who is under the age of 15. In New York, the age of consent is 17.

He is being held on $150,000 bond or $75,000 cash bail at the Suffolk County jail in Riverside.

Police said a sex abuse investigation began on May 11, when information was gathered from Facebook that the defendant had had sexual intercourse with the girl, according to Town Police Detective Lt. Chris Anderson.

The girl told police the incident took place in February 2012, though she knew the man under a different name of David Alvarez.

When police officers tried to arrest the defendant there was a brief struggle before he was placed into custody.

East Hampton Town Justice Catherine A. Cahill arraigned Monge-Pucha on charges of second-degree rape, criminal sex act in the second-degree with a victim under 15, both felonies, and misdemeanors of resisting arrest, and acting in a manner injurious to a child.

He was later indicted on May 18. He is due to be arraigned before Suffolk County Criminal Court Judge Barbara Kahn on Wednesday. The Legal Aid Society is representing him.

A correction was made to the article. The information turned over to police was found on Facebook, not on an iPod.

ViralGrain May 22, 2012 at 03:16 PM
There is good and bad in everything. Yes I miss the days when I never had to worry about locking doors or even taking the keys out of the ignition, but its not fair to make sweeping generalizations about anyone or anything. Many in the latin community are very good law abiding, family orientated, church going people. The ones who went through the hoops and ladders to become "legal", resent the ones who don't, because they blame them for other americans looking at them judgmentally and for being discriminated upon. It is not an easy process at all. Most of these people are NOT criminals, however there is good and bad in every social setting.(EVERY!) I don't know why we continue to not capitalize off the people who want to work here. Instead of criminalizing an individual who is just trying to be productive, we should allow them to work but charge them a higher tax rate. As the individual progresses and becomes a resident then their taxes go down. And when they become a citizen their taxes gor down further. Instead of having law enforcement running around on wild goose chases trying to focus on the millions of mobil individuals, it would make more sense to penalize the hell out of, and garnish the profits of business to the point where no one would even think of paying anyone under the table. Now you have the tax revenue for education, and medicine need. As for this punk he will not have a easy time at all in the jail or prison where no real structured rehabilitation exists.
S.B. Bonacker May 22, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Eastend 50 nailed it. Men who come here from many of these Latin American countries have a very disrespectful attitude towards women, and it is unfortunate for our community that they bring those values here. We never had these kinds of crimes here before in such increasing numbers, especially with violence towards women like stabbings, molestations, rape, sexual assault. There has to be serious enforcement of the law in these cases with zero tolerance. Those convicted of these crimes have to be removed from our community permanently, and that means being deported back to their country FOR GOOD with no chance to return.
jodi jarvis May 22, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Once they start paying taxes and stop living off the state and government then I will stop calling them "illegal immigrants" until then I will not. I am far from a racist. But I call it like I see it. Black,white,spanish,asian. Any nationality. Come her legally and pay taxes!! I am tired of seeing my paycheck get lower and lower and it goes into the pocket of someone that wasn't even born here. Technically they're not supposed to be here. Its disgusting when we have people who have fought for our country in many wars but are homeless or can not even get one dollar in food stamps. But you see the illegals getting them. Because they are giving false names.ss numbers. Etc.
DD May 22, 2012 at 04:49 PM
I, too, like to have my exercise walks around my neighborhood, but I must admit that these days I'm constantly looking over my shoulder. Hate it. We should be able to walk/run in our own neighborhoods without being fearful.
Mauro Filicori May 22, 2012 at 05:34 PM
I would like to somehow reassure the lady joggers and others that have not joined the anti "illegal" Latinos bandwagon with few comments: By all reports all "rape" charges are brought by young Latino women, under-age teens that like all other teens are engaging in sex much earlier than ever before......in their culture it's almost the norm. At age 15 the parents even throw an elaborate "Quinzanera" party, celebrating their coming to age and maturity, in which the father formally "gives away" the daughter. Problems could arise if the girl's "beau" is not welcome by the family or if they wished their girl did not engage in sex at all, and report to the police. I strongly suspect, after reading the posting of a previous incident with the "rapist" that the girl's family objected to him, could it be that the two brothers that beat up previously were upset by his liason with the girl? While it's legally a rape, still is not the violent, humiliating and hurtful that we associate with rape cases....the Central Park case. I am writing this not to defend any kind of rape or illegal behaviour but only to reassure the joggers. I hope not to get too much flack for it.
Rick Hoyt May 22, 2012 at 05:57 PM
It's Really Disgusting!, I Feel For The Parents Of This Young Girl ! As Far As Being a Racist I'm Not, I Have An Hispanic Background, Which I'm Proud Of.But To Come Here Illegally That's Where I Draw The Line.E Verify Was Never Mandated, The Fed Has No Interest in This.The Dems Want The Votes, The Repubs Cheap Labor.You & I Are Flyover Material.So The Next Time You Go To The Train Station - Think About What You're Doing - You Are The Problem Also.Please Hire From A Reputable Company - Who Has Ran Background Checks Like E-Verify.Or Better Yet, If You Are Able Rake Your Own Lawns And Get Some Exercise, You'll Feel "Connected" and Live A Simpler Life.As Always - Shoot Your TV !
Bonac Refugee May 22, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Mauro As a parent your answer stuns me the most.Are you saying that I shouldn't be concerned about a 22 year old man molesting my 14 year old daughter(notice the artical stated she was under the age of 15) because it's socialbly acceptable in the third world dump they come from ???????
Mauro Filicori May 22, 2012 at 07:06 PM
BonacRefuge, I have a daughter too and I do not wish her to became paranoid about where she jogs, walks or suntans. What I shared in this blog is the kind of information, knowledge and social understanding that I also shared with her and that, thus far has made her not only a compassionate but also respected individual. Our travels to the "dump" countries, that you resent so much, did a lot to help understand and appreciate their civilizations, humanities and art. It's too bad we cannot solve our complex problems because of ignorance, bigotry and racial discrimination. (Corrected version)
Pavel May 22, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Can't we all just get along?
mtkmiss May 22, 2012 at 10:38 PM
"Irish Need Not Apply" Anyone remember those signs?
abcd123 May 23, 2012 at 03:08 AM
@1/2 n 1/2, 2 sugars i think some people like you are missing the point. you make the connection between someone being illegal and someone committing a crime. just because someone is an illegal immigrant doesn't mean they're bound to commit a crime or become criminals. that's just the person themselves. i know many people who were illegal immigrants, but then got there papers and everything and became legal residents or whatever. so, did they just become good people because they got documented or whatever? did that wash the evil out of them? just some papers? my parents work hard and pay they're taxes and they used to be illegal immigrants. but they still came here illegally. from what you said , they had no legal right to be here. so what, should they be deported?? also, some mexican immigrants are crossing back over into mexico instead look at this video look at this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_E21Y4VUCw&list=UUpwvZwUam-URkxB7g4USKpg&index=9&feature=plcp like this video says, this economy is in very bad state now, so some people who come here looking for better work are thinking " if i'm going to be poor here, then i might as well go back and be poor with my family" i guess this must make some inconsiderate,selfish person like you happy
ViralGrain May 23, 2012 at 05:04 AM
That punk who is accused of doing this, by know means represent the latin community! Really people? The fact that someone took the risk to come to another country of another langage and culture to try to better them self says allot. They deserve respect! Could you do it? I know many latino's and they all work their butts off and pay their bills on time. They are succeeding in buying houses, building businesses, employing people and they started from scratch! Nothing! Can you do that? None of them that I know collect anything from the gov. Are they the cause of the empty store fronts? Are they the reason this town fell into debt? Are they behind restricting beach access or noise from the airport or any of the million other complaints that could be made about this evolving town? Their are many issues that face any community as the population grows no matter what the bulk of that population growth may be. I'm a proud well traveled White American who grew up in this town and I'm not at all happy with most of the changes here. But I'll tell you, this irresponsible talk and bias ways that some of you are unfortunately geared to partaking in needs to stop. I bet if they had some group like the NAACP behind them you would think twice before saying and acting the way some of you do. The fact of the matter is the majority of them are good people. Their lives are not easy. They are individuals just as you and I are just trying to make the best of what precious time we have here.
1/2 n 1/2, 2 sugars May 23, 2012 at 10:41 AM
@ abcd123: Since when does the law forgive those who break it because they "had to"? What makes me think that an illegal will break the law? Not everyone is like your parents. Sounds like they did the right thing after coming here illegally. I applaud them. They got away with it. Problem is that someone who is here illegally has no verifiable record or identity and can disappear into the night at a moments notice. Not paying taxes, abusing our hospital system, exporting money out of the country tax free, it goes on and on... At the end of the day, I don't think it's fair, safe, or productive. As far as being poor here and going home, those are the ones who will be poor all of there lives no matter where they go. There are many illegals here driving $50,000 trucks and buying houses. They don't look poor to me. And by the way, I am American and my wife is Hispanic. She came here with her family legally over 40 years ago. So, I am certainly not racist or bias. I just think fair is fair and this shouldn't be allowed just because they are poor back home. This country is being raped, let alone our daughters, our town and our quality of life. Open the EH STAR on Thursday and read the police logs...
1/2 n 1/2, 2 sugars May 23, 2012 at 10:47 AM
You are defending a group of people who are breaking the law, period! I don't care how wonderful you think they are. You are obviously bias, in their favor. Wonder what would happen to me if I did go to one of their countries illegally and got caught "doing the right thing" GIVE ME A BREAK!!!
HisNibs May 23, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Kids are now sexually active at really young ages -- under 15, for example is no big surprise. That said, a 22 year old and a person under 15? Too big a difference in ages, even if the sex was consensual. If the 22 year old were a teacher, you can imagine the public reaction. (I don't think this is an illegal immigrant issue.)
Maureen May 23, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Wow! I am really somewhat shocked by many of these comments. What ever happened to "innocent until proven guilty"?
1/2 n 1/2, 2 sugars May 23, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Double WOW!!! Maureen, your comment shocks me. What ever happened to "innocent until being raped"?
MrHodder May 23, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Uh the whole thing is just disgusting. White, Black, Brown, Green, Red, Yellow, Purple, Blue, who the heII cares? 22 year old with a 15 year old?? Ew. Thats a little kid. Disgusting.
youngandtherestless May 25, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Would all the arguments posed in this thread be any different if a caucasian 22 year old male was convicted of this crime? I think so. The issue at hand isn't the fact that it was a hispanic male. It was the fact that it was an adult sexually abusing of an adolescent girl. Why, in the first place, was this "innocent" girl having contact with this man? People fail to observe the background story to scenarios like this where all the blame is set upon one person. Although the crime was comitted and he MOST DEFINITELY should be punished, there should not be stereotypes nor racial profiling when it comes to cases like this. You see this happening in all sorts of neighborhoods. For all we know, a white "honorable" uncle could be molesting his "bright and beautiful" teenage niece. Don't make accusations before knowing the ins and outs of each story.
Justice4All May 25, 2012 at 09:43 PM
It seems to me that some of you have forgotten what the REAL issue is here. It is not the nationality or race of the accused or his legality or illegal status. A young woman was sexually assaulted....perhaps it wasn't 'the violent, humiliating and hurtful, such as Central Park" type of rape. The laws specifically describe rape, and it doesn't say it necessarily has to be violent,humiliating and hurtful. Under a certain age, it is statutory rape, consensual or not. Before that age, it is child molestation and assault. I don't care whether this guy was a part of a culture that doesn't respect their women, or whether he isn't, if he's done this act, he's a law breaker and should be punished for his crime. That young lady will have that act in her mind for life. She may suffer from those thoughts ...post traumatic stress syndrome, perhaps. Does anyone care about that? Get off the legal/illegal issues and deal with what really is the wrong-doing here....a sexual crime. Good grief...I'm ashamed of you all.
Mauro Filicori May 26, 2012 at 06:50 AM
Justice for all. Totally true, that's what we should always have in our minds, regardless of race, gender, nationality or illegal residency status. The right to due process. Often forgotten in the court of public opinions, like in the old Tiyuana Brawley (sp?) case, but that still should be the mainstay of our legal system. As we have learned to rethink and modify laws that were discriminatory like interracial marriages...... homosexual sex.....age and gender issues, we should also address new realities, like the younger age children engage in consensual sex. A young boy of 18 - 20 or older, back from a tour in Afghanistan or from College or still attending High School, that has consensual sex with his 15 or 17 years old girlfriend could be tried and sentenced for RAPE ! Good grief....give him a break.
Justice4All May 26, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Muaro : No, I cannot agree with you on the consensual sex statement. A girlfriend of that age is not capable of making a mature decision on such a thing as important as having sex at all. Neither of them understands what the consequences will be to their mental state in the future, when the relationship crum bles, and the majority of them do at that age. It's not just about physical health (considering STDs or pregnancies that neither partner is ready for) but MENTAL health. RAPE is a good terminology for what is RAPE according to the law, consensual or not. The laws are made to protect people, and this one is made to protect CHILDREN from the ill effects of what they aren't physically or mentally ready for,even if they consent to it. You know as well as I do, boys want what they want, men do too, and they will say and do any number of things to get their way from girls. Soon after, they've left her in the dust. How do you think she feels about what was done at that time?
MARTIN DREW May 27, 2012 at 12:17 AM
This is a case of a bad decision made by two people ; innocent until proven guilty .. The racist dialog is disturbing; GET OFF YOUR LAZY ASSES AND VOTE! Its YOUR FAULT : get people into office who can read the writing on the wall ; i do agree ; here illegally ; adios; but complaining on and on ... Tiresome .. Get a picket sign ; form a mob ; DO SOMETHING that helps end this people for hire ring ; to beat Uncle Sam and save a few bucks ; by the wealthy among us who desire cheap labor . And my AMERICANS ; try picking up a shovel ; swing a hammer ; paint something ; YOU ARE NOT ABOVE PHYSICAL LABOR ; no matter what designer labels you are pising in ... YOU are part of the problem !! Put your mouse down ; put the ipad on the shelf and DO SOME REAL WORK LIKE YOUR FATHERS DID TO SURVIVE ; YOU TECH types all want a job sitting down clicking your buttons ... Be a AMERICAN and be a solution minded player NOT a complaining POSER! Sorry these peoples passions are YOUR biggest concerns Wish them both luck and understanding in their case . If this person becomes poster example of deporting a illegal ; so be it ! Every action in life has a reaction . So get busy in YOURS!!
Mo Neill June 07, 2012 at 05:26 PM
What nonsense that only illuminates yr bias. Where is there a "def increase in crime?" Will you give us any citations or facts that can be verified or should we just accept yr assertion because you said it? The former and present Chief of Police have both reiterated there is no increase in crime? Do you know something they don't know? Have you bothered to check the FBI Uniform Crime Statistics, which is online? If, what you say is not true, you might examine your own conscience to understand how you have come to such an unfounded assertion. I believe it comes from a mentation of racial & ethnic profiling. Where, in just any place is a "new population" taking over? Taking over rugby? Hardly, the Irish might well excell in it, but most teams are native-born American? Baseball? Perhaps in the minor or major leagues, but not on one team in East Hampton? High end handbag stores? The lumber yard? Taking over Main Beach? Give us a break, do tell where the "new population" is taking over? And who preicsely is yr euphemism "new population" refering to? The Polish and the Italians are the 2nd & 3rd largest immigrant populations after Mexico.
Sally brown June 24, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Start w the border and work your way up to the hamptons
Sally brown June 24, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Agree!
Sally brown June 24, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Democrats from the top banana..holder and the disgusting j napolitano are working very hard to subvert all attempts to stop illegal immigration and voter fraud ect.. They care nothing for the safety of American citizens..objective increase voter base by hook or by crook..sick of it ..burgeoning populations are sucking up our resources and destroying the American culture ..this has nothing to do w race...any illegal is a criminal..no other county including Mexico would commit suicide by allowing the rule of law to be ignored..stop anchor baby status also to decrease incentive..
Sally brown June 24, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Do it legally! A country needs boundaries to maintain all aspects of survival and protection..our own country is broke and in debt..we can not afford to take on the impoverished of the world. Accept the educated ..those with gifts to offer this country..a legal immigrant is also required to exhibit some command of our language culture and constitution..pledge allegiance..the idea is assimilation vs tribalism...
Sally brown June 24, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Slap me five amigo!
j jackson October 16, 2012 at 04:20 PM
YOU'RE a nightmare!

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