Ivan F. Yupa-Buestan, 28, was charged on Sunday morning with sexual abuse in the third degree, a class B misdemeanor, and endangering the welfare of a minor, a class A misdemeanor. His alleged victim was a 14-year-old girl whom he had met on Facebook.
“We were contacted by the parents of the child,” said Detective Lt. Christopher Anderson of the East Hampton Town police. “There were meetings between the two. There was contact, but it was limited. If the parents hadn’t been vigilant, we may well have had a more serious crime.”
Police would not release the name of the girl due to her age and the nature of the charge.
Town police place an emphasis on educating parents to the dangers of instant communication and social networking, Detective Anderson said, holding open-house seminars for adults throughout the year at East Hampton public schools. In this case, he said, the parents’ watchful eyes paid off.
Justice Catherine Cahill issued an order of protection during Mr. Yupa-Buestan’s arraignment on Monday, forbidding him from having any additional contact with the alleged victim. She then combined the case with another case against him, stemming from an April arrest, when he was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, meaning his blood count was over .18, which is a felony. Police said at the time that his count was .25.
Mr. Yupa-Buestan will go before Justice Lisa Rana on both sets of charges on Sept. 6. Justice Cahill allowed him to apply the $500 bail he had already posted for the April arrest to Sunday’s arrest as well.