MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced that Tereso Ruiz-Hernandez, 25, of Bayville, was sentenced today by Nassau County Court Judge Angelo Delligatti to one year in jail for having sexual intercourse in July 2013 with a 13-year-old girl in Glen Cove. Upon his release, Ruiz-Hernandez will be registered as a Level 2 Sex Offender. Judge Delligatti also issued a Stay-Away Order of Protection in the case.
Ruiz-Hernandez was arrested by the Nassau County Police Department in August 2013 for engaging in sexual acts in July 2013 with a girl he met on Facebook. He pleaded guilty in March 2014 to Rape in the 2nd Degree (a D felony) and Criminal Sexual Act in the 2nd Degree (a D felony).
“Social networks can offer a positive experience but this case illustrates the potential dangers of using them, as well,” said DA Rice, who’s office’s Stop Then Send presentations teach parents and young people about online safety issues like sexual predators and bullying. “Predators often target their victims from behind the cloak of the Internet but my office will continue to do both preventative education and vigorous prosecutions to protect the public.”
Assistant District Attorney Melissa Scannell of DA Rice’s Special Victims Bureau is prosecuting the case. Ruiz-Hernandez is represented by Greg Madey, Esq.