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Jul 31, 2018 3:39 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

East Hampton Town Ordinance Inspector Charged With Sexual Abuse Of A Minor

Jul 31, 2018 3:39 PM

An East Hampton Town ordinance enforcement inspector was arraigned on July 20 in East Hampton Town Justice Court on charges of sexually abusing a minor under the age of 13.

East Hampton Town Police charged Maximiliano Fabian Amaya, 25, at 4:30 p.m. the same day with sexual abuse in the first degree, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

According to Carl Irace, an East Hampton attorney who represented Mr. Amaya at his arraignment, he is a lifelong East Hampton resident, a graduate of East Hampton High School and a former East Hampton Village traffic control officer. Mr. Amaya has been employed by the town’s Ordinance Department since 2016. On July 5, he was appointed as Spanish-speaking ordinance inspector, with a starting annual salary of $53,077.44.

On the phone on Monday, Mr. Irace said that during his arraignment, “Amaya adamantly denied the charges.”

On Tuesday morning Town Attorney Michael Sendleski said that Mr. Amaya was placed on leave without pay, for a maximum of 30 days “immediately upon the arrest,” as state law dictates.

According to the arraignment paperwork released on Monday from the East Hampton Town Justice Court, Mr. Amaya is accused of sexual contact with a 12-year-old boy, and reportedly admitted to police that he “grabbed” the boy’s genitals. To protect the identity of the minor, further information has not been released.

Mr. Amaya’s bail was set by Justice Steven Tekulsky at $7,500, which was posted.

According to Mr. Irace, Mr. Amaya will need to find an attorney to represent him further, and the district attorney’s office will review the case and decide whether it should move forward to a grand jury.

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