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    East Hampton man charged with child abuse


    An East Hampton man walked into East Hampton Town Police headquarters and told stunned officers he had sexually abused at least three children, police said Friday.

    Henry P. Lopez-Gonzalez, 27, who police said is believed to be in the U.S. illegally from Ecuador, was arrested following an investigation and charged with four counts of first-degree criminal sexual act, two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and six counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

    East Hampton Det. Lt. Chris Anderson said the victims were ages 4, 5 and 7 and that the alleged abuse took place over “”a period of several months.”” Police said they will not release more information about Lopez-Gonzalez to protect the victims.

    “”The case unfolded in a very unlikely type of way, the scenario,”” Anderson said.

    Anderson said Lopez-Gonzalez “”walked in off the street”” Thursday at 12:46 a.m. and asked “”to speak with police about having abused some children.””

    It turned out that one of the victims had told a family member about the alleged abuse and that person had confronted Lopez-Gonzalez, Anderson said. Lopez-Gonzalez then decided to turn himself in to police, Anderson said.

    “”We have identified the victims and we have investigated the facts as he relayed them to us,”” Anderson said. “”Clearly, we’re looking into whether he had any contact with any additional minors and are trying to identify if there are additional victims.””

    Asked if police believe there are other victims, Anderson said: “”There is always the possibility.””

    Anderson said Lopez-Gonzalez faces potential deportation and that investigators from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement are looking into his resident status.

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