Suffolk DA: Fidel Castro-Brito pleads guilty to 71 counts of rape, sex crimes

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An East Hampton man is expected to get 20 years in prison and 20 years of probation after pleading guilty to 71 counts of rape and other sexual crimes against four girls, Suffolk County district attorney's office said.

Fidel Castro-Brito, 24, agreed to the deal with a Suffolk judge in return for pleading guilty Thursday to all the counts filed against him in two indictments, prosecutors said.

Still, District Attorney Thomas Spota will ask for 50 years, the maximum term allowed in New York, when Castro-Brito is sentenced June 21, officials said.

Castro-Brito "groomed" the girls, ages 12 and under, with gifts so he could have sex with them, the district attorney's office said. He also filmed them in sexual performances, prosecutors said.

He started the sexual crimes in the summer of 2010, according to one of the indictments.

East Hampton Town police launched an investigation after a man said he saw Castro-Brito jump out the window in his 12-year-old daughter's bedroom.

Castro-Brito's arrest ballooned into a major probe for town police as Det. Tina Giles, who handled juvenile abuse cases, found three more victims. In March, she was named police officer of the year by the town board for her work in the case.

Because the age of sexual consent is 17, Castro-Brito was indicted last year on several charges, including first-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse, predatory sexual assault against a child, endangering the welfare of a child, use of a child in a sexual performance and possession of child porn.

"The guilty plea will spare these young girls the stress and anxiety of recounting, on the witness stand, what this child molester did to them," Spota said in a statement.

Spota also acknowledged the work of Giles "whose tenacity in gathering the critical evidence of the defendant's crimes is the reason he's no longer a threat to the community."

Castro-Brito is being held in jail pending his hearing. His attorney Paul Testaverde could not immediately be reached for comment Friday night.

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