A financial planner from West Hempstead was sentenced Tuesday to 5 years in prison for engaging in sex acts with a 13-year-old boy in his car in Wading River.
David Boutin, 43, had recruited the boy through Craigslist and they had two encounters in the woods. During the second one, a police officer looking for a stolen motorbike interrupted them and arrested Boutin.
He had pleaded guilty earlier this year to three counts of second-degree criminal sexual act, two counts of second-degree sex abuse, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of disseminating sexually explicit material to a minor.
"I am very well aware of the pain and suffering I've caused from my actions," Boutin said shortly before Suffolk County Court Judge Barbara Kahn imposed sentence. "Clearly, I should have known better."
Assistant District Attorney John Cortes had asked for a sentence of 10 years, arguing that Boutin has tried to evade responsibility by suggesting the boy looked older than he was.
"A photo shows he was clearly a young boy, and not a young man," Cortes said. "This defendant needs to cease shifting blame to the child. He is here because of his own actions."
Boutin told Kahn he knew that in addition to damaging the boy, his actions also harmed his own family and wrecked both his career and reputation.
Defense attorney Frank Tinari said Boutin has taken responsibility for his actions all along. Letters sent to Kahn from Boutin's wife, mother, in-laws, friends and former employers "show who my client is. He's not the monster the district attorney wants to show him as."
He has sought counseling, and a psychiatric exam shows he is neither sexually compulsive nor a pedophile, Tinari said.
"He's a low risk for any sexual recidivism," he said.
Kahn said she appreciated that. But she also noted that Boutin's conduct was uncovered only by happenstance, suggesting it might otherwise have continued.