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UPDATE: Springs Man Indicted on Rape Charges

The following information was supplied by the East Hampton Town Police Department. A criminal charge is only an accusation and does not indicate guilt.

A 33-year-old Springs man has been indicted on rape, sexual abuse and child endangerment charges in Suffolk County Criminal Court and is being held at the county jail.

An investigation began on Jan. 24, when said they found Kleber A. Sigcha in a car with someone less than 15 at a rest-stop in Wainscott.

According to Sigcha's arrest report, released on Tuesday, a police officer saw a 2002 Ford Ecoline van parked on Old Montauk Highway, just north of Route 27 in Wainscott, at about 8:15 p.m.

Village Police Officer Mario Julio Galeano was patrolling the area, which is on the boarder of the village and the town's jurisdiction, when he came upon a suspicious vehicle, according to Village Police Chief Jerry Larsen.

Police questioned Sigcha and the other occupant, but they provided inconsistent statements, according to police observations. Galeano's supervisor came to the scene and it was determined the rest-stop was within the town.

Town Police Detective Lt. Chris Anderson said detectives were called to the scene and Sincha was taken into custody. Anderson could not say whether the victim is male or female, as State law protects the identity of rape victims.

Sigcha denied that anything sexual had occurred, according to his arrest report.

Catherine A. Cahill arraigned him on the initial charges of second-degree rape, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child less than 17, a misdemeanor, on Jan. 26.

He was held on $250,000 bail, according to police. He is also being held on a detainer from the Immigration Enforcement Bureau.

Accoding to court records, a grand jury was convened on Jan. 27 and he was indicted on four counts; two counts of second-degree rape, one count of sexual abuse and one count of child endangerment. The charges are all relative to the same victim, Anderson said.

He will be arraigned before Suffolk County Criminal Court Judge Barbara Kahn in Riverhead on Wednesday.

According to the New York State Penal Code, a person is guilty of rape in the second degree if they are more than 18 years old and engages in sexual intercourse with another person less than 15 years old or he or she engages in sexual intercourse with another person who is incapable of consent by reason of being mentally disabled or mentally incapacitated.

Anderson said the case is still under active investigation.

bonacbill January 31, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Deport this illegal alien.
tm January 31, 2012 at 09:05 PM
maybe I missed something, but can you point me to the portion of the article where it mentioned his immigration status?
EHdude January 31, 2012 at 09:16 PM
"He is also being held on a detainer from the Immigration Enforcement Bureau" DA
tm January 31, 2012 at 09:21 PM
fair enough
joyce klein January 31, 2012 at 10:35 PM
and they say the crime rate hasn't risen , since certain un-named people have moved here. don't want to hear from anyone that i'm prejudice. just not a bleeding heart liberal.
tito February 01, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Where are the girls parents?
PJ Delia February 01, 2012 at 12:48 PM
It doesn't seem to have been a girl. But that aside. It's horrible. Someone's childhood has been taken away by a predator.
Loretta Lynch February 01, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Disgusting.
Jhon Pizarro August 05, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Es un podré hijo de puta q se pudra en la cárcel
Bonnie February 27, 2013 at 12:00 AM
It was a girl! I know this for sure.

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