DA SINI: BRENTWOOD MAN SENTENCED TO 42 YEARS IN PRISON FOR RAPING CHILD IN 2011 & 2012
(RIVERHEAD, N.Y.) – Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini today announced the sentencing of a Brentwood man to 42 years in prison for raping a child who was under 10 years old in 2011 and 2012.
“It took a tremendous amount of courage for this young victim to first come forward about the horrifying sexual abuse committed by this defendant, and then to testify against him at trial,” District Attorney Sini said. “Thanks to the victim’s bravery and the great work of Assistant District Attorney Eric Aboulafia, this individual is now going to spend 42 years in prison, where he cannot victimize any other children. This was an outstanding result that serves justice for the victim.”
Jose Cruz, 52, was found guilty by a jury trial on March 7 of three counts of Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree, a B violent felony; three counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, a D violent felony; and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, an A misdemeanor.
On three separate occasions during the winter season between 2011 and 2012, Cruz engaged in sexual conduct with a child who was under 10 years old at the time.
The victim disclosed the sexual abuse to a family member in August 2018 and the family notified police.
Cruz was arrested on Aug. 15, 2018, and confessed to sexually abusing the victim. He also wrote an apology letter to the victim.
Cruz’s trial began on Feb. 27 and lasted approximately one week. The jury deliberated for less than two hours before returning a verdict of guilty.
Cruz was sentenced today by Acting Suffolk County Court Judge Karen M. Wilutis to 42 years in prison with 20 years of post-release supervision.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Eric Aboulafia, of the Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Bureau.