Sex Charge, $200,000 Bail

Martin A. Soto
Martin A. Soto was arrested when his alleged victim came forward after eight years. East Hampton Town Police

    East Hampton Town police arrested Martin A. Soto of East Hampton a little before 6:30 on Friday evening and charged him with having committed a criminal sexual act in the first degree in 2004.
    The specific law cited would mean that Mr. Soto, 48, allegedly had either oral or anal sexual relations with a child under 13 years old. Police have released very little information because of the nature of the case and the age of the alleged victim at the time of the incident.
    “There was a disclosure made by the victim to a third party,” Detective Lt. Christopher Anderson said Tuesday. After learning of the allegations, police opened an investigation, obtaining a statement from the alleged victim as well as from the third party.
    “The victim was known to the perpetrator,” Detective Anderson said, without disclosing the exact nature of the relationship. The alleged predatory behavior lasted for three years, from 2002 to 2004, and occurred at four different East Hampton locations.
    Bail was set at $200,000 by East Hampton Town Justice Lisa R. Rana, and Mr. Soto was turned over to the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department for transportation to the county jail in Riverside.
    The specific charge against Mr. Soto stemmed from an incident in 2004, according to the arrest report. “As of now, that’s the criminal charge. Additional charges may be forthcoming,” Detective Anderson said.

Burglary Alleged
    Separately, on June 12, town police arrested Cynthia L. Nicholson, 45, of East Hampton and charged her with a March burglary in Amagansett.
    “We developed information indicating the defendant was involved in a residential burglary,” Detective Anderson said. “We located the victim,” which involved researching an unreported crime. It is not that unusual, the detective said, for lower-level burglaries to go unreported. In this case, the stolen goods included coin collections, cigarettes, and cash. Officers arrested Ms. Nicholson at home.
    “The burglary was on Abraham’s Path,” Detective Anderson said. More charges are possible. “We’re taking a review of open burglary cases.”
    Ms. Nicholson is charged with having entered a house with the intent to commit a crime, a class C felony punishable by a mandatory 3 to 15 years in prison. Justice Catherine A. Cahill set bail at $10,000 the next morning.
    Three young East Hampton men were arrested on June 11 and charged with criminal trespassing in the second degree, police said.
    Jose R. Hurtado, 21, Adriano Barnes, 21, and a youth not identified because he is 18 were arrested after they were reportedly discovered in a 37-foot Sea Ray boat. The boat, which has two staterooms and a bathroom, was covered in shrink wrap and sitting in a boatyard on Gann Road in East Hampton. The owner of the yard had called police and told them they were there. The men were handcuffed and taken to police headquarters, where the unidentified youth and Mr. Hurtado gave statements admitting to having entered the boat.
    The men were released with appearance tickets for a future court date.