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Suffolk DA: Bohemia Man Indicted for Alleged Assault of 2 Juveniles

Written by Long Island  |  09. November 2020

Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini and Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart have announced the indictment of a Bohemia man for allegedly raping two juvenile victims and promoting and possessing child pornography.

Brendan Sullivan, 20, is charged with two counts of Rape in the Second Degree, a D violent felony; Criminal Sexual Act in the Second Degree, a D violent felony; four counts of Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child, a D felony; four counts of Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Child, an E felony; Criminal Contempt in the First Degree, an E felony; three counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, an A misdemeanor; two counts of Criminal Contempt in the Second Degree, an A misdemeanor; and Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree, a B misdemeanor.

“As alleged in the indictment, this defendant is a sexual predator who uses Snapchat, among other means, to knowingly prey upon young girls,” District Attorney Sini said. “This defendant is an alleged child predator, and we will hold him accountable for these egregious acts. Victims of rape – particularly young girls – face an extremely difficult situation and can often feel vulnerable or trapped, but our message to them is that we are here for you; we ask you to come forward, and we will seek justice on your behalf.”

“The actions of Brendan Sullivan are reprehensible and his young victims should be commended for their bravery coming forward,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart said. “While the Suffolk County Police Department is continuing to work with the District Attorney’s Office to identify other possible victims, I urge parents to speak with their children about utilizing social media safely and urge anyone who may be a victim in this case to come forward and have your voice heard.”

Sullivan was initially apprehended in May of 2020 after it was reported to police that Sullivan had been communicating with a juvenile on Snapchat and had arranged to deliver vape pens to her. In the course of their investigation, police witnessed Sullivan delivering the vape pens to the juvenile’s mailbox. Sullivan was arrested and a forensic analysis of his cell phone was conducted, which revealed that he allegedly possessed child pornography on his phone. The investigation revealed that Sullivan would allegedly direct the juvenile victims to send sexually explicit images.

“This is a stark reminder to all the parents out there: If you cannot effectively monitor your child’s use of a particular social media platform, do not allow them to use it,” District Attorney Sini said.

Further investigation by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and Suffolk County Police Department’s Computer Crimes Unit, Sixth Squad and Seventh Squad detectives revealed evidence that Sullivan allegedly had sexual contact with two victims under the age of 15 in March and August respectively. Sullivan communicated with the victims primarily through Snapchat.

Sullivan is also charged with Criminal Contempt for violating an order of protection against a previous victim by contacting the victim, visiting the victim at her home, and threatening to rape her.

The investigation is ongoing. District Attorney Sini and Commissioner Hart urge anyone with information to contact the SCPD Computer Crimes Unit at 631-852-6279 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

Sullivan was arraigned on the indictment in front of Acting Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice Chris Ann Kelley today and bail was set at $500,000 cash, $1 million bond, or $1.5 million partially-secured bond. He is due back in court on Dec. 10. He is being represented by Peter Mayer.

If convicted, Sullivan faces an aggregate maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Dana Castaldo, of the Child Abuse & Domestic Violence Bureau.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

 

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