Sex offender stays in prison

February 21, 2009 1:38:30 PM PST
Convicted sex offender Salvatore Inghilleri will remain in custody after county prosecutors successfully fought his motion to have his bail lowered.Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota announced following Inghilleri's court appearance that the U.S. Attorney's office has filed a warrant Ignhilleri's arrest for failing to register as a convicted sex offender, a violation of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006.

Inghilleri was arrested in Rockingham, North Carolina, last September after moving there without notifying Suffolk police. He has been incarcerated in the county jail since then, charged with misdemeanor and felony counts of failing to comply with Megan's Law. The felony charge was dismissed by Judge Barbara Kahn last month.

In opposing the lowering of bail at Monday's hearing, the district attorney's office cited Inghilleri fleeing the jurisdiction to live in North Carolina in a household with two young children.

Judge Khan added a bond element of $500,000 to Inghilleri's $100,000 cash bail terms, and set April 30 as a trial date.

Inghilleri was convicted in 1994 of two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and sentenced to serve two consecutive terms of two to six years in prison.

Police learned of the sexual abuse after the female victim's kidnapping, in which she was detained in a secret dungeon by a family friend, John Esposito. Esposito is serving a 15-year to life prison sentence.

Inghilleri served 12 years for the molestation of Katie Beers.