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Mar 27, 2012 8:51 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

DA: East Hampton Man Pleads Guilty To Criminal Sexual Acts Against Children

Apr 3, 2012 11:40 AM

An East Hampton man pleaded guilty to two counts of performing criminal sexual acts in the first degree and one count of course of sexual conduct against a child in the second degree, both felonies, in Suffolk County Criminal Court on March 27.

Robert Clifford, a spokesman for Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota, said last week that Henry P. Lopez Gonzalez, 28, pleaded guilty to charges filed in connection with incidents involving three victims under the age of 12 in May 2010, December 2010 and March 2011.

Last March, Mr. Gonzalez walked into East Hampton Town Police headquarters and confessed to sexually abusing children ages 4, 5 and 7 over a period of several months, according to a police press release at the time. At the time, his attorney told Town Justice Lisa R. Rana that Mr. Lopez, a native of Ecuador, had been living in East Hampton for 10 years with his wife, two children and one stepchild. He had also been working as a chef at Nichol’s restaurant for four years and at other restaurants for six years before that.

Mr. Gonzalez is facing a prison sentence of 25 years, said Mr. Clifford. The sentencing is tentatively scheduled for May 4 in Suffolk County Criminal Court, although that court date is expected to be adjourned, Mr. Clifford said. Mr. Gonzalez is expected to be sentenced before Judge Barbara Kahn.

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