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Fugitive who fled Cutchogue during 2010 police investigation caught, returned to Suffolk to face child porn charges

Suffolk County Police have arrested a fugitive who was located in Texas and wanted for 22 counts of possession of child pornography.

Roberto Cardoza, 33, who was staying at a residence in Cutchogue, fled the country during a 2010 police investigation that led to a warrant for his arrest in May 2010, according to Suffolk County Police.

Cardoza was arrested in Laredo, Texas last month by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection after he crossed the Rio Grande, police said. He was extradited to Suffolk County on August 3. The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office assisted in the investigation, according to police.

Fugitive Unit detectives charged Cardoza with 22 counts of possession of a sexual performance by a child. Cardoza is in the Suffolk County Correctional Facility in Riverhead and scheduled to be arraigned at a later date, police said.

“There is very little in this world that is more disturbing than violence against a child and there is nothing that will stop the members of this department in bringing a criminal like this to justice,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini said in a statement.

“This case is another great example of the solid collaboration and dedicated detective work between our department and our law enforcement partners,” Sini said. “This department’s message is clear: if you commit a crime in Suffolk County, no matter where you flee, we will find you, we will arrest you and we will ensure you are brought back to this county to be held accountable for your crime.”

 

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