Bedford Hills Man Charged With Sex Abuse

The information below was provided by the Bedford police and does not indicate a conviction.

A 22-year-old Bedford Hills man faces charges of sexual misconduct after allegedly having sex with a 19-year-old girl who was either sleeping or unconscious, police said.

Joseph Sorrentino was arrested on June 7 after a five-month investigation by the Bedford Police Department in conjunction with the Westchester County District Attorney's office.

The 19-year-old victim first reported the alleged abuse to police on Jan. 16 of this year. She said that she woke up at her home in Bedford Hills and realized that non-consensual sex had happened. She said that she and Sorrentino were acquaintances. 

When contacted by police this month, Sorrentino admitted to having sex with the victim. He was arrested and charged with second degree sex abuse and sexual misconduct, intercourse without consent, both misdemeanor charges. He was released without bail pending a return to town court.

South Salem man charged with bail-jumping

Raymond Valente was arrested on June 7 after the Westchester County Assistant District Attorney's office filed third-degree bail jumping charges for missing court appearances.

Valente, 51, for speeding and DWI after police allegedly clocked him driving at 70 miles per hour in a 40 mph zone on Route 35. 

Man charged with weapons possession

Jonathan Rivera was arrested after a routine traffic stop led police to discover he had nunchucks in his back seat. Rivera was stopped at 3:50 p.m. on June 8 near Old Post Road for an expired inspection sticker. Rivera produced a valid driver's license but had no registration paperwork for the car. Police saw in plain view the nunchucks, a pair of hardwood sticks joined by a chain or cord and able to be used as a weapon.

Rivera said they were his, but he didn't know they were there. He was charged with fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon. He was released without bail pending an appearance in town court.

anne June 13, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Didn't this used to be called rape? And since when is rape only a misdemeanor?
Tigerose August 02, 2012 at 10:27 PM
My thoughts exactly, sexual intercourse without consent is rape?


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