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Feb 5, 2018 2:41 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Former East Hampton Village Traffic Control Officer Charged With Rape On Springs School Grounds

Bryan Siranaula is led to East Hampton Town Justice Court.    JON WINKLER
Feb 6, 2018 11:44 AM

An 18-year-old former East Hampton Village traffic control officer was arraigned on charges of rape and sexual assault on Monday, the day after an incident on the Springs School grounds.

Bryan Siranaula of East Hampton stood silently in front of Town Justice Steven Tekulsky in East Hampton Town Justice Court on Monday afternoon facing the pair of first-degree felony counts, as well as a charge of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

According to Carla Egan of the Suffolk County district attorney’s office, Mr. Siranaula saw a female acquaintance with a 7-year-old child in a car in the Springs School parking lot at about 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Ms. Egan said Mr. Siranaula parked his car nearby, approached the victim’s car, pulled her out and carried her to his vehicle. He then hit her in face, grabbed her hair, took off her pants and underwear, and raped her, she said.

Ms. Egan added that Mr. Siranaula’s car was close enough to the other car that the child could see what was going on in his car.

She said the families of both the victim and the child have been issued orders of protection against Mr. Siranaula, who Ms. Egan said made both families “extremely frightened.” Ms. Egan requested that bail be set at $250,000 cash or a $500,000 bond.

Representing Mr. Siranaula in court was Matthew D’Amato, an attorney from the Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County, who pointed out that his client has denied the allegations and has had no previous instances with the criminal justice system.

Mr. D’Amato noted that Mr. Siranaula has lived with his family at his current address for 15 years, and that his sister and father were both in court for his arraignment. Mr. D’Amato noted Mr. Siranaula’s time as a traffic control officer in 2016 and 2017, and that he is a high school student, and requested that bail be set at $7,500 cash.

Instead, Justice Tekulsky set bail at $205,000 cash or $410,000 bond, citing the “serious nature” of the allegations against Mr. Siranaula.

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