A Levittown man was ordered held on $100,000 bail Saturday after police arrested him for allegedly having multiple sexual encounters with a boy.
Joseph Tucciarone, 54, of 53 Farm Lane, pleaded not guilty in First District Court in Hempstead to charges of endangering the welfare of a child, first-degree criminal sexual act and sexual conduct against a child.
Tucciarone offered candy to the 12-year-old boy and developed a relationship with him that became sexual last November, Nassau County police said.
The relationship resulted in as many as 15 sexual encounters from November through April, the victim told police, according to court records.
After the boy's parents became aware of the alleged relationship, they notified authorities. The Nassau Special Victims Squad arrested Tucciarone in Farmingdale, police said.
"The district attorney has made very serious allegations," Tucciarone's lawyer, Michael Soshnick of Mineola, said after the arraignment. "My client denies them, and in the fullness of time we will find out whether there's any substance to them."