(SUFFOLK COUNTY, N.Y.) – Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond A. Tierney today announced the guilty plea of defendant Angel Tacuri to multiple counts of sexually abusing eight children enrolled at his wife’s unlicensed day care center in Patchogue between 2010 and 2015.
“This defendant exploited these innocent child victims for his own depraved gratification through the access available to him at his wife’s unlicensed day care center,” said Tierney. “No guilty plea will ever ameliorate the trauma inflicted on these victims, but at the very least, this plea holds him responsible for his actions and prevents him from causing more harm to others.”
Tacuri, 53, admitted to sexually abusing eight children ranging in age from three to 10-years-old from 2010 through 2015. He was originally indicted in June 2021 and charged with sexually abusing six children, however, two more victims were located since that time.
Tacuri pleaded guilty to three counts of Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child in the First Degree, one count of Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree and two counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree. He will be sentenced to 20 years in prison and 20 years of post-release supervision.
He pleaded today before Suffolk County Court Judge Karen Wilutis and is due back in court for sentencing on June 16. Tacuri was represented by Luigi Belcastro.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Tara Laterza of the Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Bureau.
Criminal complaints and indictments are merely accusatory instruments.
Defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. No one is above the law.
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