Three Charged in Separate Incidents Involving Alleged Sex Abuse or Rape of Minors

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Bryan C. Ordonez-Albarracin. East Hampton Town Police Department photo

South Fork law enforcement agencies over last week arrested three men, including a Suffolk County corrections officer from Hampton Bays, whom they allege had criminal sexual contact with minors.

East Hampton Town Police have arrested a Sag Harbor man who they say allegedly sexually abused a child in Springs in November of 2018. Juan M. Bacuilima, 56, was arrested Tuesday, April 2, and was charged with first-degree sexual abuse, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, following an investigation.

In a news release issued last Thursday, police said the child reported the alleged incident to school officials in January this year “after seeing an educational video on when to report touching to an adult.”

Mr. Bacuilima was remanded to the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside in lieu of $75,000 cash bail or $150,000 bond after his arraignment last Thursday in East Hampton Town Justice Court. He is being represented by Legal Aid, which declined to comment on Tuesday.

East Hampton Town Police on Saturday announced the arrest of Bryan C. Ordonez-Albarracin, 23, of East Hampton “as part of an ongoing investigation” into the alleged sexual abuse of two East Hampton teens. Mr. Ordonez-Albarracin has been charged with three counts of first-degree rape, one count of second-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, all felonies, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

Police said in a news release Saturday detectives learned of the abuse during an interview with the two teens, and subsequently questioned Mr. Ordonez-Albaraccin before arresting him. He was remanded to the Suffolk County Jail in lieu of $80,000 cash bail or $160,000 bond following his arraignment Sunday in East Hampton Town Justice Court. His attorney, Carl Irace, who was assigned by Suffolk County through its weekend arraignment program for defendants, could not immediately be reached for comment.

East Hampton Town Police Captain Chris Anderson said by phone this week the two East Hampton arrests were unrelated. He said no other information could be divulged “to protect the identity of the individuals.”

“We certainly ask that anybody that may have information or may have had inappropriate contact with the defendants to come forward,” Capt. Anderson said.

On Friday, Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini and the Southampton Town Police Department announced the arrest of Robert Weis, 55, of Hampton Bays, who has worked as a Suffolk County corrections officer since 1995.

Mr. Weis was charged with first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, a violent felony. Suspected of stealing items from the corrections department and illegally possessing weapons, he was also charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and three counts of criminal possession of a firearm, both felonies, and official misconduct, a misdemeanor.

Mr. Sini said a search warrant executed last Thursday at Mr. Weis’s residence “resulted in the seizure of three handguns, which the defendant possessed illegally, as well as 32 rifles and more than 50,000 rounds of ammunition.”

Mr. Weis was arraigned Friday in Southampton Town Justice Court and was held on $1 million cash bail or $3 million bond. His attorney, James O’Shea of the Southampton Village firm O’Shea Marcincuk and Bruyn LLP, could not immediately be reached for comment.

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