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Feb 14, 2018 1:59 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

East Hampton Teen Charged With Rape To Be Released On Bail With Supervision

Attorney Daniel Rodgers with family and friends of Bryan Siranaula outside of Suffolk County Criminal Court on Wednesday. JON WINKLER
Feb 18, 2018 2:58 PM

An East Hampton teen charged earlier this month with raping a woman in the parking lot of the Springs school in front of a 7-year-old is expected to be released from jail this week after his family posts $50,000 cash bail.

Bryan Siranaula, 18, stood in Suffolk County Criminal Court Wednesday morning in front of Acting Supreme Court Justice Barbara Kahn and plead not guilty to four felonies and four misdemeanors resulting from the alleged incident on February 4.

Mr. Siranaula has been held at the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside since February 5 after he allegedly raped a teenage former acquaintance in his car while parked at the Springs School rear parking lot. The victim also claimed a young relative saw the rape from her car that was parked next to Mr. Siranaula’s car at the time of the incident.

At the request of his attorney, Daniel Rodgers of Southampton, Mr. Siranaula’s bail was set at $50,000 cash, which his family, who were in attendance in court Wednesday along with about 20 other friends supporting him, intends to post on Wednesday.

The senior at East Hampton High School was indicted by a grand jury on Thursday and stood in County Court with his attorney facing Justice Kahn and Raphael Pearl of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office. He’s currently charged with two felony counts of rape in the first degree and two more felony charges of sexual abuse and aggravated sexual abuse. He is also charged with assault, acting in a manner that could injure a child, criminal obstruction of breathing and criminal impersonation in the second degree, all misdemeanors. If convicted, Mr. Siranaula could face 25 years or more in prison.

While Mr. Siranaula stood motionless in court throughout the proceeding, Mr. Pearl said he believed the evidence against him was “incredibly strong.” Along with the testimony from the victim and an alleged apology letter Mr. Siranaula sent to the victim, Mr. Pearl cited video footage from security cameras at Springs School showing that Mr. Siranaula was in parking lot at the time of the alleged attack. Mr. Pearl originally asked for a bail of $100,00 cash or $200,000 bond.

Mr. Rodgers said that the victim had numerous opportunities to leave the scene before the alleged attack took place and that there were no weapons involved forcing the victim to stay at the parking lot. He then asked Justice Kahn for a more “reasonable” bail amount and for his client to be given a pretrial supervised release. The terms of Mr. Siranaula’s release call for him to adhere to two temporary orders of protection from the victim and the young relative, along with GPS monitoring. Justice Kahn told Mr. Siranaula that if he violated any of the terms of the supervised release, he would be reprimanded to police custody.

“We feel that we have a strong defense,” Mr. Rodgers said outside of the court building surrounded by Mr. Siranaula’s friends and family. “We have to keep in mind that when you have a young man who’s 18 years old and a high school student that has never been in trouble before in his life and suddenly allegations like this come to light, I think everyone is shocked and surprised. This is not the Bryan that his family knows, this is not the Bryan that his friends know. It doesn’t add up. There’s a lot more to this story that you don’t see in the paperwork.”

Erica Siranaula, the older sister of the accused who was present for the arraignment, said that Mr. Siranaula knows that “he has a lot of supporters standing by his side.”

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