Daniel S. Hewes of Springs and Manhattan, 22, was arrested last Thursday morning and charged with rape.
Specifically, Mr. Hewes faces two class D felony counts of sexual crimes against a minor: criminal sexual acts in the second degree and rape, where an adult over 18 has sexual contact with a child under 15. He was additionally charged with two misdemeanors, third-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a minor.
East Hampton Town police allege that the 14-year-old girl met Mr. Hewes in East Hampton this summer and the two exchanged text messages, developing a relationship which, police said, led to three sexual encounters.
According to the arrest report, the teenager confided in her mother, who then called police on Aug. 30. After interviewing the girl, the police determined Mr. Hewes’s age and began the process leading to his arrest.
“Number one, he never had sexual relations with her,” said Mr. Hewes’s Manhattan attorney, Richard B. Herman, yesterday. “They were just friends. Number two, the girl did not confide in her mother. The mother overreacted to a text message [her daughter] sent to one of her friends, and forced her to make up this story. We look forward to being fully exonerated in court.”
Edward Burke Jr., Mr. Hewes’s local lawyer, contacted police on his behalf, and Mr. Hewes turned himself in last Thursday. He was arraigned that same morning. Bail was set that day at $25,000, which was paid right away at the courthouse.
“It’s a horrible situation,” said Mr. Burke. He said Mr. Herman, a criminal defense attorney, would represent Mr. Hewes in court.